Washington Post headline:
The paper broke the story of what the long-awaited study will reveal:
A Pentagon study group has concluded that the military can lift the ban on gays serving openly in uniform with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts, according to two people familiar with a draft of the report, which is due to President Obama on Dec. 1.That is huge news. It offers hope to gay soldiers, but they are not ready to celebrate yet. They have been disappointed countless times before.
More than 70 percent of respondents to a survey sent to active-duty and reserve troops over the summer said the effect of repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy would be positive, mixed or nonexistent, said two sources familiar with the document. The survey results led the report's authors to conclude that objections to openly gay colleagues would drop once troops were able to live and serve alongside them.
It will be interesting to see if the report actually gets the policy changed in this Congress.
One of the reporters on the story also did an informative online Q&A.
The Post also has an interesting piece today about a new video featuring Cindy McCain staunchly calling for an end to the ban, while her husband John has been instrumental in keeping it in place. The video links the policy to the recent publicized problem of young gay suicides. From the Post piece:
Linking a recent spate of gay teens' suicides with politicians who support the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Cindy McCain directly lays blame for the deaths with lawmakers and clergy who oppose gay rights. In a celebrity-filled anti-bullying video, Mrs. McCain says "government treats the (gay) community like second-class citizens" and does not give young people hope. . . .I have to say that as an adult, I have worked through my shame and despair over being gay. But that's a pretty fair characterization of how I still feel like my government treats me.
The group's latest video features rockers Slash and Gene Simmons and reality show stars Denise Richards and Drew Pinsky. The celebrities tick through opportunities denied gays, such as donating blood or marrying in most states. Mrs. McCain, the mother of sons in uniform, then adds: "They can't serve our country openly.
I can't even donate blood, despite several FDA panels saying that I'm no higher risk to the blood supply than my straight friends. I used to be a regular donor. Then I started sleeping with men. Now I'm unfit.