Gates announces results of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ study

By David Edwards
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 17:00 EDT
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Tuesday the results of the Pentagon’s 10-month study on how to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

“In summary, a strong majority of those who answered the survey, more than two-thirds do not object to gays and lesbians serving openly in uniform,” Gates told reporters.

“The findings suggest that for a large segments of the military, repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ — though potentially disruptive in the short term — would not be the wrenching, traumatic change that many have feared and predicted,” he said.

“The data also shows that within the combat armed specialties and units there is a higher level of discontent — of discomfort and resistance to changing the current policy,” Gates continued.

“With regards to readiness, the working group report concluded that overall and with thorough preparation — and I emphasize thorough preparation — there is a low risk from repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’”

“Now that we have completed this review, I strongly urge the Senate to pass this legislation and send it to the president for signature before the end of this year,” he added.

This video is from CNN’s Newroom, broadcast Nov. 30, 2010.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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