December 22, 2016

Palm Center Responds to Family Research Council Criticism of LGBT Troops

Palm Center director Aaron Belkin responded to recent Family Research Council criticism of LGBT service members in an op-ed in The Hill today. According to Belkin, “mountains of research has been conducted and consistently concluded that open LGBT service does not create the problems many thought it would. Such inclusion actually strengthens the military by reaffirming principles of merit-based service and uniform rules for all members.” Belkin concluded the op-ed by quoting Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, who said that a modern fighting force “takes advantage of all the talents that all Americans have to offer … regardless of their gender, regardless of their identity, or their sexual preference.”

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