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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 »

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and Gender Violence

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There is one arena where apparently opponents of gay service and advocates of openly gay service agree. That is on the seriousness and prevalence of sexual and gender violence in the military.  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 »

Why "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

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When I tell people I study gays in the military, they often wonder why.  Why does the issue matter, to me and to others?  Why is it important to study and discuss the question of whether gays, lesbians and bisexuals should be able to serve their country in uniform without concealing their true identity?    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 »

Nunn the Wiser?

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For those interested in the forces that propel -- and obstruct -- political change, last week offers an object lesson.  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 »

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