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Sexual orientation doesn’t affect the way soldiers choose to protect their country.

At least that’s what results from a recent Pentagon study reveal. The military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which seeks to restrict open homosexuals from serving in the army, was recently called into question in an official 10-month study. 70 percent of those surveyed believed that lifting the ban would not significantly affect their progress or ability to serve in the war. Some believe that it might actually have a positive impact on troops.

“It’s what we expected. The atmosphere in the active-duty has changed,” gay Air Force officer and co-founder of the advocacy group, OutServe, told the Associated Press. The officer uses the pseudonym “JD Smith” to protect his identity.

The study was based on answers provided by 115,000 troops and 44,200 military spouses. Town hall-style meetings were also held with service members.

Results from a recent survey issued by the Pew Research Center showed that 58 percent of Americans were in favor of allowing lesbians and gays to serve in the military.

Despite the growing support from military personnel, Republicans are adamant about maintaining the ban against homosexuals serving openly in the army. Arizona Senator, John McCain, continues his campaign on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He claims that efforts to have the act repealed come from “a political promise made by an inexperienced president or candidate for presidency,” during CNN’s “State of the Union” segment.

Supporters for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” are pushing for lame-duck Congress to debate and vote on the issue before the end of the year.

How do you feel about the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy? Should the ban against homosexuals in the military be repealed? Sound off!

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  • S.

    I never understood the rule in the first place!

    Isn’t any sexual activity among soldiers frowned upon anyhow? Then why would knowledge of someone’s sexual orientation even matter?

    What the armed forces should be worrying about is how 1 in 3 military women are raped by fellow male soldiers! How bout they ban that!

    • secretaddy

      Excellent point !! PREACH !

    • hehe

      I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s so sad how common rape is in the military. My sister is a survivor of raped which happened during her tour in Iraq.

  • opinionatedgal

    Yes, please repeal this policy. It’s about time.

  • Jencendiary

    This should have been done at the start of the occupation of Iraq & Afghanistan — you know before they started shunting out all the soldiers & officers with millions of dollars of military training sunk into them, and the ones with mission critical skills, during 2 invasions and occupations.

  • Tai

    I am currently deployed in Afghanistan and I hope that this law is repealed ASAP!!!! My team leader actually thinks its a bad idea. We deabated heavily and he admitted that I had very valid points and that maybe it is unfair. MAYBE? Its a stupid law that goes against what American ideals are.