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A copy of the Pentagon survey gauging the impact of repealing the Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell ban on gay soldiers serving openly in the military has been leaked to
Palm Center research institute. You can read it
Defense Secretary Robert Gates strongly urged gays and lesbians to
participate in the survey in a press conference Thursday and assured them their
identities would remain private. His remarks came after the Servicemembers Legal
Defense Network, a gay advocacy group,
warned that gay solders could be inadvertently outed and discharged from the
military by filling out the questionnaire. So long
as the Don’t Ask policy remains in place, the group stressed, any soldier
telling the army that he or she is gay might be vulnerable to discharge.
Still, the questions on the survey are noteworthy for not assuming that the
military’s gay ban will be repealed. One question reads: “If Don’t Ask, Don’t
Tell is repealed and you had on-base housing and a gay or lesbian service member
was living with a same-sex partner on-base, what would you most likely do?”
In Thursday’s press conference, responding to the question of how the
survey’s results might affect the prospects for repealing DADT, Joint Chiefs of
Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen
said the law “really needs to be changed.” The House of Representatives has
passed a bill to end the policy pending the military’s internal review. The
Senate has yet to approve the repeal.
told Washington Post reporter Ed O’Keefe that the leaked version of the
survey was incomplete, but that it doesn’t intend to make the full survey
available to the press.
Here are a few more questions on the survey:
• Have you been assigned to share bath facilities with an open bay shower
that is also used by a Service member you believed to be homosexual?
• If Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed and you are working with a Service
member in your immediate unit who has said he or she is gay or lesbian, how, if
at all, would your level of morale be affected?
• If Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed and a gay or lesbian Service member
attended a military social function with a same-sex partner, which are you most
likely to do?