DADT Report Favors Repeal, But Will GOP Homophobes Accept it?

November 30, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)— The long awaited Pentagon “Don’t ask, don’t tell” survey will be released today and the results are expected to show that a large majority of those surveyed don’t object to gay men and women serving openly. Just about everyone supports the repeal of the discriminatory DADT policy, except for a handful of elderly homophobic senators led by John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen supports repeal, as well as President Obama. And a majority of Americans, even right-wing evangelicals support ending DADT. A federal judge ruled that the odious DADT policy has a “direct and deleterious effect’’ on the military. But already, Republican lawmakers are trashing the Pentagon’s report before it’s even released, demanding that Congress hold more hearings, conduct more studies and delay, delay for another fifty-years. In other words, they are ignoring the will of the American people, the Pentagon and our soldiers, based on their own prejudices.

The report will be released at 12 p.m. today, and a news conference is scheduled shorty thereafter.

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe reports that the Human Rights Campaign is demanding that lawmakers act to repeal DADT as soon as possible and stop the delays.

“This issue has been studied for fifty years, including by the military itself; the results from over twenty-two studies are uniform: openly gay service does not harm readiness,” HRC said. “The relevant question is not whether some troops don’t feel like serving with open gays, but whether doing so harms readiness, and the research shows it does not,” said the group in a news release.

Providing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and his fellow Democrats follow through with a pledge to end DADT in the lame-duck session and enough Republican senators break with their caucus to repeal it, the policy may finally come to an end. But those are a lot of big ifs.

“But a vote on the annual defense policy bill that includes language ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” won’t come until after Gates, Mullen, Johnson and Ham testify about the report on Thursday to the Senate Armed Services Committee. The panel’s ranking Republican, John McCain, is opposed to ending the ban and is expected to take a leading role in criticizing the report’s findings.”

On Sunday, McCain trashed talked the President, calling him “inexperienced” for supporting the repeal of DADT, and he rejected the idea that discrimination against gay service members has harmed the military, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Are Secretary of Defense Gates and Adm. Mullen also inexperienced?

McCain is out of touch and out of step with the majority of Americans. If McCain wins the upcoming DADT senate showdown, our military and the rest of the country will lose.

Photo Source: U.S. Navy


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