70% of service members say repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is no big deal

Nov 30, 2010

The results are in–allowing gay and lesbian people to serve openly in the military will have little or no effect on the military’s mission. The Department of Defense released a long awaited report on repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the 17 year old law that prevents homosexuals from serving openly in the armed forces. Of the 400,000 service members surveyed, 70% said they believed a repeal of the law would have little effect on the cohesion of their unit. The Marines were the most resistant branch, with 40% to 60% predicting negative reactions if the law were repealed. With one of the last hurtles to repeal removed, President Obama is one step closer to making this priority a reality. But will Congress vote to repeal? And will it be business as usual for the military if this law is repealed?

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