AP101110066194A not-yet-released Pentagon study has found that lifting the ban on openly gay service will pose little risk to the nation's war efforts, according to sources who spoke with the Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe and Greg Jaffe.
More than 70 percent of troops who filled out a Pentagon survey on "Don't ask, don't tell" said letting gays serve openly would have positive, mixed or nonexistent effects on service members.
Repeal advocates are hailing the report as a major victory for their cause. "A measure of the full-report is still needed, and there are undoubtedly adjustments that will need to be considered as any transition to openly gay service moves forward," said Aaron Belkin, the head of the pro-repeal Palm Center think tank, in a statement to The Upshot. "However, the Pentagon itself has made the strongest case for the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' in stating that this can be done during wartime without harming unit cohesion or military readiness."
The group said the findings "end debate" on the subject.Read More »from Report: Pentagon study finds little risk to lifting gay ban