Summary: Funding Bigotry

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Funding Bigotry: The Future of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Between 1994 and 2003, the U.S. government decided that enforcing “don’t ask, don’t tell” was worth $363 million dollars of taxpayer money. Even though proponents claim that homosexuals serving openly in the military "would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability", continued application of "don't ask, don't tell" will only further damage the credibility of the United States military forces. Research has shown that "don't ask, don't tell" no longer matches public opinion, is inconsistent with younger enlisted service members views, and opens…show more content…
At the time that President Clinton was urging the Pentagon to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly only 40 percent of the public agreed with him (Belkin, 2007). Since that time, public attitudes and opinions have shifted in a more open-minded direction. Eight national polls have been conducted over the past several years to survey Americans’ feelings on the subject. Each poll, including conservative Fox News, found that between 58 and 71 percent of those polled believed that homosexuals should be allowed to serve openly in the military. As society becomes increasingly more accepting of gays and lesbians, it only stands to reason that serving openly in the military will become less of an issue; to corroborate this, a Gallup poll of young adults found that an astounding 91 percent were in favor of serving openly. Perhaps the more surprising information comes from the more conservative base. The same Gallup poll found “that solid majorities of people who attend church on a regular basis and people who hold negative attitudes about homosexuality believe that gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military” (Belkin, 2007). DADT also has an impact upon the way Americans view the military. Recent polling of a sample audience that was designed to closely resemble the profile of a cohort of new military recruits; e.g.…show more content…
With mounting public support, increasing support from enlisted personnel, and a recession demanding greater spending accountability, DADT has outlived its usefulness and must be repealed. References Belkin, Aaron. (2008, January). “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: Does the Gay Ban Undermine the Military’s Reputation? Armed Forces & Society, 34(2), 276 Belkin, A., & Embser-Herbert, M. (2007). The U.S. Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy: A Reference Handbook. London: Praeger Security International. Blue Ribbon Commission. (2006). Financial Analysis of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: How much does the gay ban cost? Retrieved January 9, 2009, from http://www.palmcenter.org Cohen, J., & Dropp, K. (2008) Acceptance of Gay People in Military Grows Dramatically. Washington Post. Retrieved January 9, 2009, from

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