Most service members oppose letting openly homosexual people serve in the military

I thought that congressmen wanted the military let their feelings known on this issue. From Fox News:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Pentagon reporters Thursday it's "inappropriate" for active duty officers to comment on potential changes to the law that bans gays from openly serving in the military. Those comments were a direct response to a March 8th letter written to the "Stars and Stripes " by Lieutenant General Benjamin Mixon, commanding general of the US Army Pacific, which clearly stated his opinion that most servicemembers are opposed to repealing the policy.

In the letter Mixon wrote: "It is often stated that most servicemembers are in favor of repealing the policy. I do not believe that is accurate." He went on to say, "Now is the time to write your elected officials and chain of command and express your views. If those of us who are in favor of retaining the current policy do not speak up, there is no chance to retain the current policy." . . .

UPDATE: The Marine Corps' commandant is pretty strong on this. Coming out on this must risk political retaliation from Obama.

The Marine Corps' commandant said he won't force his troops to bunk with gays on base and would give them separate rooms if Congress votes to allow openly gay service.

The comment, by Gen. James Conway, is the latest pushback by a small but vocal faction of senior military leaders opposed to a repeal of the 1993 law known as "don't ask, don't tell."

President Obama says the ban is unfair, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates has launched a lengthy study to determine how to allow gays to serve openly without hurting military effectiveness.

Among the questions to be answered is whether changes to housing policies would even be necessary.

Conway, a known opponent of repealing the law, suggested in an interview published Friday by Military.com that he already knows it would be a logistical hurdle. On base, Marines typically bunk two-to-a-room. . . .

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Blogger Bill said...

I don't know if this question can be answered, but here it is.

Will allowing openly gay people to serve in the military actually create an environment that would cause more individuals to turn to homosexuality?

I can think of two areas where you have groups of young individuals that are almost exclusively the same sex, military and prison. I have heard that (but don't have any facts) that in prison, normally straight men will have sex with other men because of the lack of options.

second question, what is the effect on having lovers, either homosexual or heterosexual, in a combat unit? can feelings of love cloud judgment when lives are at stake?

3/26/2010 12:40 AM  
Blogger Raven Lunatic said...

Dr Lott, I'm disappointed in you. The headline of this entry is blatant hearsay. An assertion of a fact is in no way evidence for that fact.

3/28/2010 5:24 AM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Dear Raven Lunatic:

Thanks for the note. I put the statement in quotes because it is the general's statement (call it hearsay). Now you can say that you disagree with the general, and that would be fine, but I am not sure why you should be disappointed that the general is quoted. What is wrong with quoting him? This general is the commanding general of the US Army Pacific and thus has some authority, and I believe that such a statement by him will essentially end his career.

3/28/2010 10:35 AM  

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