A majority within the US military support the lifting of a ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces.
That’s the finding of a Pentagon report in to the so- called `Don’t Ask Don’t Tell`law, which currently allows homosexuals into the military but they must keep quiet about their sexuality.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates gave his opinion: “ In my view, the concerns of combat troops as expressed in the survey do not present an insurmountable barrier to a successful repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”. This can be done and it should be done.”
For former soldier Stacy Vasquez, a change in the law will come too late. Despite being decorated and commended, she was involuntarily discharged after someone saw her kiss a girl when off duty.
“In ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ one of the misnomers about the law is that if I don’t say anything at all then I’m not in jeopardy,” she said.“But the truth of the matter is, other people can tell and so you live constantly in fear.”
Despite opposition being found to be strongest among combat troops, Gates said that with enough preparation the military would adapt and called for the Senate to repeal the law by the end of the year.