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Pentagon study backs

end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, speak to reporters about gays in the military at the Pentagon on Tuesday.

By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY

A Defense Department report released Tuesday says gay troops could serve openly without hurting the military’s ability to fight, a conclusion sure to ignite a debate next month on Capitol Hill over repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

More than two-thirds of U.S. troops surveyed predicted that gays and lesbians serving openly would not have a negative impact on the military, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in releasing the report at the Pentagon.

“The findings suggest that for large segments of the military, repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’… would not be the traumatic change that many had feared and predicted,” Gates said.

The survey found that 50–55% of service members thought that repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” would have mixed or no effect; 15–20% said repeal would have a positive effect; and about 30% said it would have a negative effect.

The study also draws a correlation between troops who have worked with a gay servicemember and those who support repeal. According to the assessment, 92% of troops who have served with someone they believed to be gay thought that their unit’s ability to work together was either very good, good, or neither good nor poor.

By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY

Now that’s this is published, let’s see who repeals the law first,

Congress or the Supreme Court

My vote is for the Supreme Court, McCain looks like he wants to eat the repeal bill for breakfaqst