HRC to the Pentagon: Release the DADT Study Immediately

The Human Rights Campaign today called on the Pentagon to release its report on 'DADT' now:

Hrc While the authorizing order for the report stipulated that it be sent to Defense Secretary Robert Gates no later than December 1st, leaks indicate that the report is complete and ready to be issued. With time running out and some senators continuing to use the report’s impending release as their excuse, it’s incumbent on the Pentagon to eliminate this as an obstacle to legislative repeal of the unjust and discriminatory law known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“This report has been ten months in the making. It’s critical that the Pentagon immediately confirm what we have long known: there will be no problem with open service by courageous and well-qualified gay and lesbian service members,” said Joe Solmonese, HRC president. “With the Senate soon turning its attention again to military policy, the results of the Pentagon review should be made available as soon as possible so undecided Senators are well-informed.” 

Details from the study which leaked earlier this week showed minimal risk to troops from lifting the ban: "More than 70 percent of respondents to a survey sent to active-duty and reserve troops over the summer said the effect of repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy would be positive, mixed or nonexistent, said two sources familiar with the document. The survey results led the report's authors to conclude that objections to openly gay colleagues would drop once troops were able to live and serve alongside them."


  1. TANK says

    HRC is to lgbt activism what pamprin, lifetime and nora ephron are to feminism…oversized sweater chats with the “gals” with big mugs of tea. Too little, too late.

  2. Paul R says

    Good luck, HRC. The Pentagon is going to be in overdrive redacting, rewording, and other manipulating the survey results until the last possible second. If they do release it early, it will be on Thanksgiving or the next couple days, hoping it will be missed by most.

    It’s too bad that a crew of older men can’t accept that their younger peers don’t think gays and lesbians are icky. Isolated bigots.

  3. Steven says

    Obama needs to stop using DADT as a *Political Distraction* or *Red Herring* to protect his Health Care legacy. His political handlers know the GOP doesn’t like Gays.

    LGBT issues are nothing but a *tool* for him by taking the focus away from health care and making GAYS the target of Republicans.

    Obama has NO intention whatsoever of repealing DADT.

    I have no doubt Obama is using the LGBT issue to create a *wedge* between Evangelic Republicans and Tea Party Repulicans with the Health Care issue, much like Karl Rove used Gay Marriage to win the 2004-presidential election for George Bush.

    Wake Up and Smell the Coffee! President Obama had the chance to repeal DADT with a majority in Congress his first two years. He could have passed ENDA as well.

    As for the HRC, I stopped donating last year.

  4. says

    The only thing good here is that if HRC is involved, SOMETHING is about to happen and God forbid they should miss the boat.

    For the life of me I can’t understand why LGBT communities across the country (including my burgh) insist on sending these yobs money that could be better used locally training LGBT candidates so that we aren’t kissing anyone’s ass to get our rights. In 30 years they have not achieved one thing that did not involve Matthew Shepard’s mom doing all of the heavy lifting.

    Not one thing.

  5. BartB says

    Nice image, Tank. And spot on.

    When are we going to get it? There are powers that work in our government that do not want us to have equality. And they are working MUCH harder than we are, have much nastier tricks, and far, far better PR (and don’t throw as many congratulatory dinners and hand out awards to themselves to make themselves feel all warm and fuzzy, and like they are actually making a difference.)

    They’ve won. This will not get through the lame duck session and then regardless if this report said openly gay soldiers would end the war in Afghanistan, DADT is here to stay.

    Until we get off our dead asses and our rights become more important than the right party, we can’t bitch about being ghettoized. We have assisted in it.

  6. Anthony says


    You do know that Judy Shepard is on the HRC board, correct? That is, she supports HRC. So I’m not sure how you’re comment about Ms. Shepard doing the “heavy lifting” is exactly a dig. If you asked her I think she’d probably say that she was working on behalf of her son, not doing the “heavy lifting” for a national organization.

  7. W.T. Door says

    I always felt the folks at the HRC were more motivated by their own self righteousness than helping us. More than half the people that support them by waving their equality flag aren’t aware of their political agenda. Even worse, most of them just vote straight ticket without even knowing who they’re voting for.

    As much as I want DADT to go away, it’s not gonna be these people. But I know they’ll take credit for making my life “better.”

  8. justiceontherocks says

    To quote from the musical “Spring Awakening,”

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah

    The lyrics are from the song “Totally Fucked” which is what we are when HRC is involved.

  9. says

    @ANTHONY: I stand by my statement. Many straight allies don’t understand the horrible cost that HRC’s last 30 years of raping $$ from local communities and wasting time and money.

    Judy did the work, HRC just hitched their wagon to her horrible situation.

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