A new USA Today/Gallup poll showing 69% of Americans want the military gay ban lifted was discussed on MSNBC today. Arthur Delaney of The Huffington Post and Philip Klein, Washington Correspondent for the American Spectator discussed why the Obama administration has put it off.
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And today, a new report from The Palm Center explains how the legislative process to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has stalled and reiterates the importance of a two-pronged approach to ending the ban, first by executive order, then by legislative repeal. Here's the summary:
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As momentum for executive action increased, however, a network of gay and gay-friendly activists, journalists and politicos worked to derail the possibility of a suspension of the ban. This policy analysis advances three points about these efforts to derail an executive order and focus exclusively on legislative repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” In particular, it (1) explains the strategic misperceptions of those who seek to focus exclusively on legislative repeal including the flawed notion that the legislative strategy alone can work; (2) describes the consequences of efforts to block consideration of the two-part strategy (executive order first, legislative repeal second); and (3) suggests why a renewed emphasis on a two-part strategy is the most effective way forward.
Also, a DADT working group collaboration of The Williams Institute and The Palm Center composed of The Hon. Marty Meehan, Lieutenant General Claudia J. Kennedy, USA (ret.), Brigadier General Hugh Aitken, USMC (ret.), Gary J. Gates, PhD and Prof. Aaron Belkin, PhD., released a "truth squad" statement yesterday correcting inaccurate statements by public officials regarding suspension of the ban.
You can read that here: Download DADT Truth Squad (PDF).