Ninety-six members of Congress sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates requesting discharge data for use in the impending debate on the gay ban. This request comes as legislation has been proposed to allow openly gay service members to testify in hearings without being discharged under "don't ask, don't tell." (Read more.)
OTHER PALM CENTER NEWS
The Palm Center is grateful for the support of these recent donors.
We are also pleased that "Unfriendly Fire" by Palm Senior Research Fellow Nathaniel Frank, was named one of the decade's top twenty books by the Military Times.
SCHOLARS QUESTION METHODOLOGY OF NEW POLL ON GAY TROOPS
Academic researchers are expressing concerns over a new survey about "don't ask, don't tell" that the Military Times distributed to some of its subscribers. Researchers are particularly concerned about the potential for response bias. (Read more.)
SCHOLARS PUBLISH FIRST STATISTICAL TEST OF GAY BAN'S RATIONALE
A new study in the prestigious journal, Armed Forces and Society, shows that knowing a gay or lesbian unit member has no bearing on the unit's cohesion. Instead, leadership and instrumental quality were important factors. (Read more.)
Research on openly gay service is extensive, and includes over half a century of evidence gathered by independent researchers and the U.S. military itself, as well as the study of the experience of foreign militaries. The U.S. military’s own researchers have consistently found that openly gay service does not undermine cohesion, and the military has repeatedly sought to condemn or suppress these conclusions when they emerged. Yet no research has ever shown that open homosexuality impairs military readiness.