What's to study anyway? Consider there are about 30 countries in the world, including nearly all of the NATO members, as well as South Africa, Brazil, and the Philippines that allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military. And on May 16, 2010, representatives from Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Israel, and the Netherlands met at the Brookings Institute to discuss how the militaries in those countries handled allowing gays and lesbians to serve in their militaries. The consensus was that, in spite of concerns before the change, when gays and lesbians were allowed to serve, it was a non-issue.
In 2000, Aaron Belkin, a political science professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Melissa Sheridan Embser-Herbert, a veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, and Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, co-authored an exhaustive 44-page study on Canada, which, after a series of lawsuits in 1991, changed its policies to allow gays to openly serve in the military. The study, which at the time was regarded as the most comprehensive academic study of homosexuality in a foreign military ever completed, concluded that the change in policy had "not led to any change in military performance, unit cohesion, or discipline."
According to a May 2010 CNN poll, 78 percent of Americans support openly gay people serving in the U.S. military.
What are the political implications of judge Phillips decision? Uncertain. The above poll seems to indicate that repeal of DADT would be a non-issue in the mid-term elections. T he government will likely seek a stay of Judge Phillips' decision, which would preserve the status quo until after the November 2, mid-term elections. If the decision is appealed, the court of appeals may wait for action on the Amendment mentioned above. If Congress ultimately ends DADT, then the case may be moot. If Congress does not pass the Amendment, then the Court of Appeals, and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court, would probably decide the case.
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Hopefully, the demise of DADT is near. It is the right thing to do.