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POLL: DADT Repeal Has ‘No Effect’ On Sixty-Nine Percent Of Troops

Six months after the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell took effect, a new survey shows that 69 percent of members of the armed forces feel that it has had “no effect” on their units, compared to the 59 percent who expected it not to. Additionally, the number of troops who have actually seen a “negative impact” is only 13 percent, lower than the 15 percent expectation. Asked what effect someone’s coming out might have on their unit, 73 percent said there would be “no impact,” with five percent even reporting there would be a “positive impact.” This shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering that one year after the repeal originally passed, gay and lesbian members of the military said that they were better able to focus on their mission, and that there had been few to no consequences from repealing the law. Currently, according to the report, only 13 percent of troops still oppose repeal.

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