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 He claims that efforts to have the act repealed come from “a political promise made by an inexperienced president or candidate for presidency,” during CNN’s “State of the Union” segment.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.