During the debate over the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, there were many claims that the move to repeal the Clinton-era law would lead to chaos in the ranks, and lead to the fall of the military. The Center for Military Readiness even claimed that there were going to be harmful consequences if it went through.
Pretty much, in the five months since the repeal, not much has happened.
A Military Times Poll of 25 active duty service members who are LGB found that only one had come out from the closet after repeal, and the rest have either kept is private or their unit mates already knew about them.
However, the Military Times did find that the impact on heterosexual service members was fairly minimal. In 2011, they found that 59% of active-duty respondents said they did not believe3 that there would be an impact from repeal, and in 2012, they found that 69% had experienced absolutely no impact at all. In those units where someone had disclosed being LGB, 59% said there had been no impact or effect on them.
Only 2% of the respondents have left military housing since the repeal went through.
Of course Elaine Donnelly, the head of the anti-gay Center for Military Readiness, does not believe that nothing bad has happened, and said that it was too soon to know what the full impact of repeal would be. She stated “No one predicted anything would happen immediately, so that prediction is true. I’ve heard from military people who have no way of registering what they feel about this. They’re just quietly leaving, but they’re not leaving right away. No one predicted that they would.”
Of course, she is afraid now that Obama might try to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
Donnelly might just want to get use to the fact that nothing bad is going to happen. Well, except that she is going to have to give up on being a hateful person.