07 July 2009

Think tank releases study on Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The California based think tank, Palm Center, has just released a study concerning America's policy on homosexuals serving in the military known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The study, titled "Secretary of Defense Authority to Implement Don't Ask, Don't Tell in a Manner Consistent with National Security" can be found here. It suggests that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates could use his authority to briefly halt applying DADT under the auspices of national security, which would give Congress time to repeal the law.

A poll conducted by a nonpartisan fact tank, Pew Research Center, in March indicates that 59 percent of Americans believe gays and lesbians should be able to serve openly in America's armed forces. The report on that poll can be found here.

I note that my other home country of Australia has permitted gays and lesbians to serve in the Australian Defence Force since 1992 and there hasn't been any problems.

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