MYTHS About Don't Ask, Don't Tell That Conservatives Are Spewing

MediaMatters.org released a bunch of myths/links to stories that conservatives are saying about the anti-gay Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. This is really interesting and provides great talking points.


MYTH: Don't Ask, Don't Tell is working
REALITY: Over 13,500 service members reportedly fired under law, including decorated officers and those in "critical occupations."

MYTH: Repeal would undermine morale and unit cohesion
REALITY: Unit cohesion argument "not supported by any scientific studies."

MYTH: Military experts oppose the repeal of DADT
REALITY: More than 100 retired generals and admirals have called for DADT's repeal.

MYTH: The public does not support repeal of DADT
REALITY: Numerous polls find broad support for gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military

MYTH: Right-wing attacks on DADT repeal are not anti-gay
REALITY: Prominent right-wing figures opposing repeal have a history of anti-gay rhetoric.

MYTH: DADT repeal would adversely affect retention
REALITY: Myth defies experiences of several other countries that have allowed gay men and lesbians to serve openly.

MYTH: Experience of other nations aren't relevant because "nobody counts on" their armies
REALITY: Several nations have fought in wars after allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly.

MYTH: Only progressives support the repeal of DADT
REALITY: Polls show support for repeal of DADT among many Republicans, conservatives.

MYTH: DADT repeal would expose servicemembers to greater HIV risk
REALITY: Military regulations and procedures already exist to prevent the spread of HIV.
To read the entire review, please see: http://mediamatters.org/research/201002240012



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