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Friday, November 12, 2010

Gays in the military: No harm UPDATES

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 10:57 AM

The New York Times reports that a draft of the Pentagon report on lifting the ban on open gay service says it would not harm the military and any disruptions would be temporary, but mitigated by "effective leadership."

The people familiar with the report, who are in favor of repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law to allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces, also said the report did not recommend separate housing for gay service members. But they said the report showed that a number of active-duty service members remained opposed to openly gay service, with the largest proportion in the Marines and the Army.

Over all, however, they said the report showed that a majority of active-duty service members and their families did not care if gay men and lesbians served openly.

Will minority opposition derail equality?

UPDATE: John McCain and the rest of the hard right and Marine bullies won't budge. But here's a breath of fresh air — an anti-discrimination message from Mrs. John McCain.

UPDATE II: The U.S. Supreme Court today decided to leave don't-ask-don't-tell in place while an appeal continues of a ruling holding the ban on open gay service unconstitutional.

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