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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pentagon Study Says Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

The pentagon released a study today they have been doing over the past year on the effects of repealing don’t ask don’t tell, and allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military. It turns out that 70% of those actively serving in the military would be okay with gays serving in the military, or don’t care if they do. The average poll of Americans throughout the country shows that 58% to 60% of Americans would be okay with the law changing to allow gays to serve.

It’s interesting to note that more people who actually would be affected by this law changing approve of the law changing versus those who would not actually be effected by the law at all.

So what is the hold up now? Old while male Republicans like John McCain have opposed allowing gays to openly serve, as well as a small minority of old white male Democrats. The majority of Democrats want the law to change, and a few open minded Republicans want the law to change, and President Obama has stated he wants the law to change.

The people opposed to the law changing have said they wanted to wait till the study was done before voting on it, well the study is done. According to one news report, “Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, who have both said they support repealing the law.”

The majority of Americans, those in the military, and members of congress want to allow gays and lesbians to serve in the military, yet a minority of ignorant right-wing conservatives are preventing a law from changing for the better - As usual.

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