The controversial military policy “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) has recently been declared unconstitutional by a California judge but the battle still wages on.
The 15-year old law, which bans openly gay men and women from serving was dubbed by many as the only law which actually allows employment discrimination as more than 12,500 gay, lesbian and bisexual military personnel have been discharged for being “out and proud”.
Despite having been struck down, the Justice Department has appealed the decision and a temporary stay of the injunction has been granted by the federal appeals court. A survey however, was conducted by Pentagon to 400,000 troops and 150,000 to family members in order to study the effect of allowing gay servicemen and women to serve.
While many gay rights advocates called the move discriminatory and derogatory as it gives rise to the assumption that troops don’t want to serve with openly gay service members, an unidentified source disclosed that it showed that most U.S. troops and their families don’t care.
The survey allegedly revealed that most didn’t mind serving with those who were openly gay and even answered that the policy of DADT could be removed without harm to the military’s effectiveness.
The Democratic-controlled Congress are now planning on repealing the law.