It's time to get rid of it. Even the whole debacle over clergy not being able to minister to those who were openly gay, that came up in the last few weeks, was a joke. They have certainly managed to get around the whole "thou shall not kill" thing. I'm sure they can learn to
The Pentagon wants to know what military spouses think of the plan to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy of barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service.
The survey, mailed Friday to about 150,000 spouses of active duty and reserve personnel as part of a larger Pentagon evaluation of the policy, asks recipients if they would want their husband or wife to leave the military earlier if the policy is changed.
It also asks whether the spouses would attend a social event if a gay or lesbian service member were in attendance with his or her partner.
In a "Dear Military Spouse" letter introducing the 44-question survey, Defense Secretary Robert Gates explained the questionnaire is part of his efforts to best implement a repeal of the law, should that occur.
"Your responses to this survey will help us assess the impact of a change in the 'don't ask, don't tell' law and policy on family readiness and recruiting and retention," Gates wrote. "We need you to participate."
The questions ask about subjects such as military retention ("Would a repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' affect your preference for your spouse's plans for his or her future in the military?"), military life ("If a gay or lesbian service member lived in your neighborhood with their partner, would you stay on-base or would you try to move out?") and family readiness ("If the partner of a gay or lesbian service member participated in a family support program, would it affect your participation?").
The survey's first question asks the respondents' marital status and directs divorced or widowed spouses immediately to the final question, where all participants are asked to share written thoughts and opinions about the policy.
Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, a University of California research institute studying the impact of gays in the military, said that while it's very important for the Pentagon to hear from military families about changes in policies such as "don't ask, don't tell," "Questions are being raised about gays and lesbians that would never be asked about other minorities."
"Would they ever ask, 'Would you be OK if you lived next to a Chinese officer?' It suggests gays and lesbians are second-class citizens," he said.
"That can send a signal that undermines what the Pentagon is trying to do, which is to promote equality," Belkin said.
Here's the questionnaire. It starts on page 3.......
The Supreme Court refused Friday to stop enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy while a lower court hears a challenge to the Pentagon's ban on gays and lesbians serving openly.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is preparing to hear legal arguments in a case brought by the Log Cabin Republicans. The gay rights group is challenging "don't ask, don't tell," and in September a federal district judge found the policy to be unconstitutional and blocked the Pentagon from enforcing the ban.
I wonder if they care how the spouses feel about a straight