Citing a study by the Michael D. Palm Center, the story begins: Congress should repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy because the presence of gays in the military is unlikely to undermine the ability to fight and win, according to a new study released by a California-based research center. (USA Today)
But this is not the objective group portrayed in the story. Somehow lost on USA Today and many others in the media, the organization, under the name “Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military” has been promoting the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell for more than a decade.
The articles in this link now simply redirect you to the “Michael D. Palm Center,” which came up with the suspect results. Many stories, like this from ABC News said the study came from “Retired Military Officers.” Still no mention of the group’s long term efforts to change the policy. In the “publications” section, you see only editorial after editorial affirming their belief that gays should serve openly in the military. (Palm Center)
The center is named after a gay activist who died of AIDS. (Palm Center)