November 11, 2010
by Andy Kelley
New Media Organizer, Courage Campaign
There’s been a lot of movement around “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the past 24 hours:
Yesterday, Courage Campaign joined Iraq war veteran Congressman Patrick Murphy in asking veterans and their families to amplify their voices on Veterans Day — and call on the Senate to act now to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Your response has been amazing and within 24 hours, 30,364 people have responded, including 5,801 veterans and their families.
Also today, much of the long-awaited Pentagon study on implementing a repeal of DADT has been leaked, with the Washington post reporting Pentagon sources saying the study found the impact of its repeal to “be positive, mixed or nonexistent.”
A Pentagon study group has concluded that the military can lift the ban on gays serving openly in uniform with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts, according to two people familiar with a draft of the report, which is due to President Obama on Dec. 1.
More than 70 percent of respondents to a survey sent to active-duty and reserve troops over the summer said the effect of repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy would be positive, mixed or nonexistent, said two sources familiar with the document. The survey results led the report’s authors to conclude that objections to openly gay colleagues would drop once troops were able to live and serve alongside them.
Certainly these findings aren’t unexpected, but do serve to confirm what military leaders, Senators, and servicemembers have been saying all along: That the time to repeal DADT is now. Though opponents of the repeal will certainly attempt to mis-categorize isolated responses from the study, supporters of DADT’s repeal can now add the weight of a 370 page study, from the frank opinions of nearly 550,000 active duty or reservist servicemembers and their spouses, to their ever growing list of supporters.
Elsewhere, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network released this video, highlighting the sacrifice of all our servicemembers this Veterans Day. Can you tell which ones are gay?
We couldn’t either.