The Last Word on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”


Slate magazine says a study shows repealing 'don't ask don't tell' actually helped the military.

During the debate over “don’t ask, don’t tell”—which ended in 2011—Sen. John McCain insisted that ending the gay ban would do “great damage” to the military, and the commandant of the Marine Corps said it could “cost Marines’ lives.”

One think-tanker agreed that we’d be taking “a risk with our lives, property and freedom.” Another declared breathlessly that, “ultimately all of civilian life will be affected.” Then there was the dire prediction that one-quarter of the military, or 500,000 troops, might quit in protest.

However, research has found neither to be true.

Read more over at Slate.