Friday, July 09, 2010

SLDN urges gay soldiers not to answer Pentagon survey, but DOD promises no PII will be used; LCR suit moves forward

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has been cool to lifting the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy but who has been willing to rein in on witchhunts, now is asking all servicemembers, including closeted gay and lesbian servicemembers, to respond to a survey regarding impending repeal of the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. Ed O’Keefe has a story in the Washington Post Friday morning here.

But according to Pauline Jelinek of the AP, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network warns LGBT military personnel to be wary about the survey and that DOD has not guaranteed legal immunity to servicemembers inadvertently outed by the process. SLDN reprinted the AP story here. SLDN’s own press release is here.  The Post story says that the survey is operated by a third party and does not include PII. On the other hand, there are anecdotal reports of self-outings on Facebook without resulting in discharges or action in some commands.

On July 6, a federal judge in California ruled that a suit by Log Cabin Republicans challenging DADT must go forward. The bench trial starts July 13, according to LCR's National Law Journal Story, here.

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