Nathaniel Frank spent the better part of 2010 disputing hysterical conservative claims about the supposed dangers of allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces. But in the year since Congress passed legislation eliminating Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and three months after the military implemented repeal, leaders who opposed the change are embracing it and gay servicemembers are reporting acceptance within the ranks.
In fact, as Frank points out in a new report, none of the supposed dangers of ending policy materialized — gays are not “distracting” straight servicemembers, Christian chaplains are not fleeing the military, and the institution has not experienced an increase in sexual assaults. Accountability and DADT “documents—all in one place—60 of the main predictions of disruption that would allegedly result from openly gay service, and the names of the people who made them.” Here is a sampling:
— “[Lifting the ban] may even prove decisive to the viability of the all-volunteer force. That viability may, in turn, determine our ability to avoid in the years ahead—as we have for the past four decades—a return to conscription to meet our requirements for warriors in those conflicts.” [Frank Gaffney, Jr., Center for Security Policy, 2011]
— “I hope that when we pass this legislation that we will understand that we are doing great damage, and we could possibly and probably—as the commandant of the Marine Corps said and I’ve been told by literally thousands of members of the military—harm the battle effectiveness, which is so vital to the support, to the survival of our young men and women in the military.” [Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), 2010]
— “If the law is overturned and open homosexuals are welcomed into the military, the number of homosexuals in the armed forces can only increase—leading to a corresponding increase in same-sex sexual assaults.” [Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council, 2010]
Read the full report here.