Press Room

Palm Center Statement on DoD Suspension of DADT Discharges

Release Date: 
July 8, 2011
Press Contact: 
Cathy Renna, 917-757-6123,

LOS ANGELES (July 8, 2011) - In response to today's Army Times announcement that the Pentagon has suspended discharges under "don't ask, don't tell", the following can be attributed to Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin:

"The Pentagon is lawfully and properly responding to a federal court's ruling, and today's news may bring some relief to gay and lesbian service members who continue to fear that they could be fired for who they are.  The last year has been an unnecessary and unhelpful roller coaster ride for the military and for gay troops and I do not believe that it is an overstatement to posit that with the exception of a tiny fringe, almost all Americans will welcome the permanent repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' when it comes."

The Palm Center, a part of the Williams Institute of the University of California, Los Angeles, is committed to sponsoring state-of-the-art scholarship to enhance the quality of public dialogue about critical and controversial issues of the day. For the past decade, the Palm Center's research on sexual minorities in the military has been published in leading social scientific journals. The Palm Center seeks to be a resource for university-affiliated as well as independent scholars, students, journalists, opinion leaders, and members of the public.