GOProud’s release on Pentagon’s Working Group on DADT:
According to The Washington Post, sources familiar with the findings of the Pentagon’s Working Group say the study will show that an overwhelming majority active duty and reserve troops do not believe lifting the ban on gays in the military would be harmful. More than 70 percent of active-duty and reserve troops said the effect of repeal would be positive, mixed or nonexistent. Additionally, the study will conclude there is only minimal and isolated risk to our current war efforts in the lifting the ban. In response, Christopher R. Barron, Chairman of the Board of GOProud, the only national organization representing gay conservatives and their allies, issued the following statement:
“The findings of the Pentagon Working Group will confirm that now is the time to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ These findings should be dispositive for anyone who honestly wants a policy that reflects what’s in the best interest of our military and our national security. Those who continue to oppose repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will do so in the face of overwhelming and compelling evidence to the contrary from the Pentagon’s Working Group.
“We urge Republicans in the Senate to follow the recommendations of the Pentagon and join with the growing chorus of conservative foreign policy leaders like former Vice President Dick Cheney, potential 2012 Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, Liz Cheney of Keep America Safe, and Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer in supporting repeal of this failed policy.
“GOProud strongly urges the Senate to take up repeal in the lame-duck session. We urge the leadership in the Senate to make this vote a priority and to allow a clean vote on repeal – one free of procedural games or poisonous amendments related to other hot button issues such as abortion or immigration.
“As the only national gay organization that supported and endorsed Republican Senate candidates in this mid-term election, we have a unique voice to add to this debate. We look forward to working with our Republican allies in the Senate over the next few weeks to make repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell a reality.”