Patt Morrison for July 13, 2010

The Pentagon’s survey on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ – fair or biased?

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The battle against "don't ask, don't tell" in the military still wages on

The Pentagon issued survey about gays and lesbians serving in the armed forces has received some outcry from gay veterans groups for being biased. The groups opposed to the survey say they think the wording of many of the questions in the survey will produce negative results and could be used as reason for discriminatory actions toward gay service members even if the policy is overturned. The survey was ordered by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates after President Obama expressed his support for repealing the policy this year. In any case, the battle for the right to serve in the United States military as an openly gay soldier is still waging.


Lt. Dan Choi, currently with the U.S. Army National Guard. Lt. Choi served in Iraq in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division in 2006 & ’07. He graduated from West Point with a degree in Arabic.

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