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100+ Generals and Admirals Speak

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This week, 104 retired Generals and Admirals called for the end of "don't ask, don't tell."

Colin Powell Stresses Importance of Diversity

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Given that he now supports a presidential candidate who has called repeatedly for the lifting of the gay ban, will Colin Powell renounce his historic role in neglecting how “our great strength is in our unity and in our diversity”?

Army War College Lecture

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Why is there a confederate flag flying in front of someone's home just outside the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania?

Sarah Palin on Gays in the Military

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Where does Sarah Palin stand on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"  read more »

A Test for Gay Ban Supporters (Part III)

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What can be said about evidence that people invoke to support the idea that gays should be fired from the military.  In over a decade of studying this issue, I have encountered only two different types of evidence.  Let's look at both of them.

First, defenders of discrimination point to survey research which shows that the troops want to preserve the gay ban.  It is important to state up front that it is absolutely true that a large percentage (and in some polls a majority) of troops say that the gay ban should be maintained.  read more »

A Test for Gay Ban Supporters (Part II)

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Last week, I mentioned in my blog post that there is no evidence to support the idea that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would undermine cohesion or readiness.  And there is a mountain of evidence to show that integration will not harm, and may even promote military effectiveness.  Next week I'll look at the evidence that supposedly shows that integration would harm the military.  But today, I want to take a look at the evidence which indicates that there will be no negative effect.

There are seven different social scientific tests to determine whether repeal would undermine cohesion.  On all seven tests, the evidence shows that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly will not undermine, and may even help, the military.  read more »

A Test for Gay Ban Supporters (Part I)

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Last week on the Diane Rehm show, I got a whiff of the latest twist in traditional values' groups war on gays.  There's no evidence, according to former Family Research Council Vice President Bob Maginnis, to show that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would help the military.  All of the studies that show that, he says, are lousy.  By contrast, there is sound social science research to show that integration would harm the U.S. military.  read more »

Three More Gay Arabic Linguists Gone

28 Generals and Admirals: "Let Gays Serve"

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Cross Posted from Huffington Post | Nov. 30, 2007 | 04:16 PM (EST)

Today is the fourteenth anniversary of the enactment of the "don't ask, don't tell" law which prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. When President Clinton tried to force the military to include openly gay service members, opponents insisted that military culture was too intolerant of homosexuality to allow Clinton to have his way. "Don't ask, don't tell" was the resulting compromise.  read more »

Felons, But Not Gays

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Cross Posted from Huffington Post | February 14, 2007 | 10:13 AM (EST)  read more »

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