With the imminent passage of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, I can't help but wonder why it is such an important legislative priority. Senators such as the relatively newly elected RINOs Scott Brown and Mark Kirk have ensured its passage in the Senate (let us not pretend that a vote for cloture is anything but a vote for the bill), but why is it necessary? A Facebook friend of mine made a very succinct and thought provoking statement: "I don't care if we have gay patriots, I just don't want some big social experiment in the Military!!!"
Of course, studies can be conducted and managed to show whatever results the body commissioning the study desires, so I am not convinced by the study some advocate may use as proof that this is a good idea. Why is it necessary to be out in the military? What purpose does it serve? If the answer is that it draws attention to the individual or in some way garners publicity for a cause (in this case the social experiment of encouraging openly homosexual enlistment and recruitment in the military), that is fair enough. At least the answer would be an honest one.