Brass: Let Gays Serve Openly

Study says gays don't undermine military
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2008 2:40 AM CDT
A protester takes part in a rally on Capitol Hill against the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays in the military.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Four high-ranking retired military officers have called on Congress to repeal the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy, saying that it makes it extremely difficult for gays in the US military, reports AP. Allowing gays to serve openly would not undermine the morale, discipline or effectiveness of units in combat, they concluded, after conducting a study for a California-based research center.   

A Navy vice admiral who said he had no opinion on the issue when he joined the panel said he was struck by the loss of personal integrity by individuals carrying out "don't ask, don't tell." "Everyone was living a big lie," he said. "Homosexuals were trying to hide their sexual orientation and commanders were looking the other way because they didn't want to disrupt operations by trying to enforce the law."