Right wing conservatives like Senator John McCain pose as defenders of members of the armed forces by rejecting changes in the status of gays and lesbians. An internal Pentagon study found that most US troops and their families do NOT care if gays and lesbians are open about who they are while serving in the armed forces. Most believe the infamous, “don’t ask, don’t tell” law should be changed. Officials who revealed results of the study to the Army Times did not wish their names published because results had not been published. The study is based on 400,000 surveys sent to troops in the service and 150,000 to members of their families. Officials already are working on plans to implement new policies once Congress ends the DADT rule. The issue of gays and lesbians serving in the armed forces is a non-issue. At a time in America in which less than a half percent of the population is willing to risk their lives to save those of the other 99% we should welcome with open arms those who volunteer to serve.
We never had a doubt a majority of those in the armed forces oppose DADT because gays and lesbians are with them in the front lines and those in the military honor comrades in arms.