January 29, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell is Expensive

From On Top Magazine (hat-tip to PageOneQ):

The US military has spent between $290 million and more than a half a billion dollars implementing its ban on open gay service, a new study released Tuesday found.

The research brief released by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, a public policy institute that focuses on sexual orientation law, also estimates that 66,000 gay, lesbian and bisexual people are currently serving in the Armed Forces, approximately 2.2% of all military personnel.

“Despite official policy requiring that lesbians, gay men and bisexuals remain silent about their sexual orientation, data from the US Census Bureau suggest that an estimated 66,000 LGB men and women are serving in the US military,” Dr. Gary J. Gates, who authored the study, said in a press release.

Congress approved the ban, also known as “don't ask, don't tell,” in 1993. It prohibits gay and lesbian service members from revealing their sexuality at the risk of losing their jobs.
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