Yesterday's highly anticipated release of the Pentagon study testing military views on a possible repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell served, as most expected, to bolster the case for supporters of repealing the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. military. But so far, it has done little to stifle the continuing opposition to the ban from some quarters in Congress.
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Even before the report came out, ban supporters like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) dismissed it as nothing but a political exercise aimed at giving cover to President Obama and his allies in the gay and lesbian community.
So far, those on the fence about repealing DADT haven't said whether the report has changed their mind one way or the other. But Democratic supporters of repeal -- led in the Senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid -- have made it clear they view the report as the beginning of the end of the argument on DADT.
"The report is just common sense," Reid told reporters on Capitol Hill yesterday. "It's been shown time and time again that having gays in the military does not hurt the military, it improves the military and adds to recruitment possibilities."