Obama Stalls: Pentagon to Study Gay Ban
Retired Brigadier General for the U.S. Marine Corps, General Hugh Aitken, has questioned the Obama administration plan to form a commission to study "don't ask, don't tell", the common term used for the policy about not disclosing homosexuality to the United States military and mandated by federal law.
“There's been enough studying throughout the years,” said General Hugh Aitken. “Creating a new study will not change the facts.”
Aitken participated in a comprehensive 2008 review of the policy which found that there is no evidence showing that openly gay service would harm the military, and a great deal of evidence showing it would not.
According to a February 1st Boston Globe report, the Obama administration has decided not to move forward on repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” until the Pentagon can “undertake a detailed study of how a change in the policy would affect the military.” This may not happen for several months or longer, says the Globe article.
But scholars echoed General Aitken’s argument. Dr. Nathaniel Frank, senior research fellow at the Palm Center and author of the forthcoming book, Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America, said he has reviewed “all of the evidence on gays in the military, and there is simply no question about whether or not a policy change would undermine unit cohesion. It would not.”
Dr. Laura Miller, a well-respected military sociologist who co-authored a study on gays in the military with the late Charles Moskos, author of the gay ban, said "you don't need a commission to tell you that you need to retain every able, trained, experienced and productive member at a time when both the stakes and the manpower needs are high."
Dr. Gary Gates, a UCLA scholar who has authored a number of studies on gays in the military, agreed that "the proposal to study 'don't ask, don't tell' yet again seems unnecessary. Extensive scholarly research already shows that allowing the 65,000 gays and lesbians currently in uniform to serve openly will not harm the military in any way."
Also on NowPublic: Obama to End Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy for Gays in the Military by NowPublic Author, lefty_liberated.