In what is probably the worst fears realized for the most virulent anti-gay supporters of keeping Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) in place, comes the below from The Huffington Post:
The study, published Monday by the Palm Center, a research branch of the Williams Institute at University of California Los Angeles Law School, found that there has been no overall negative impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, recruitment, retention or morale.
“For almost twenty years, experts predicted that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would harm the military,” said Aaron Belkin, the founding director of the Palm Center and lead author of the study. “Now the evidence is in, and the conclusion is clear: repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ did not harm the military, and if anything made it easier for the Pentagon to pursue its mission.”
The authors described their effort to collect data from opponents of DADT repeal as “vigorous” and predicted that it would “sustain confidence in the validity and impartiality of our findings.”
Hmmmm…I’d be willing to bet the same kind of consequences will happen if gays and lesbians have marriage equality.
Of course, I’m sure that there are some on the side of being against the repeal who will tell us just wait and you’ll see the negative consequences. To which I reply, now that we can serve openly and proudly, we’ll be happy to. Well be happy to prove you wrong no matter how long it takes.