Study Backs Allowing Gays in the Military

Following the previous post seems like a good time to post yet another example of a conservative getting it right, in contrast to what other conservatives are writing. Ed Morrissay quotes from a study which reports that “A bipartisan panel of retired military commanders has concluded that Congress should repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” and allow gays to serve openly in the military.  One commander helped Bill Clinton implement the current policy in 1993 but says it’s flawed by an assumption of disruption when no evidence exists for it.  The study, commissioned by UC Santa Barbara, found no evidence that gays serving openly would affect morale, unit cohesion or readiness.”

After quoting form the report, Morrissay continues:

Supporters of the ban have argued that the potential for disruption has never been disproven, but one cannot prove a negative.  Evidence exists in other Western forces that gays serve openly without affecting unit morale or performance; British and Israeli militaries have long allowed gays to serve openly, and they have suffered no loss in readiness. As Admiral Shanahan notes, DADT itself creates morale problems with its hypocrisy and necessary deception on the part of everyone involved.

DADT could be considered a necessary bridging step between the outright ban on gays in the military and full acceptance.  Congress needs to ask whether the policy has outlived its usefulness and — importantly — whether this moment will serve best as a launching point for a more reasonable policy.  The military has spent 15 years admitting, at least tacitly, that gays can serve their nation with honor and distinction.

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