Right now SLDN is still advising service members not to reveal their orientation but if they held an international coming out day and even 60% of gay service members walked into their CO’s offices and confessed to being gay it would overwhelm the DoD’s ability to deal with the issue. Same with recruiting pack the recruiting offices with openly gay recruits and you overwhelm the services’ ability to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. It wouldn’t even take that many recruits to do so.
Gates hasn’t been sounding as though he is ready to step in. In fact, the other low that went largely unreported last week was Gates’ rushing out shortly after Judge Phillips’ decision to declare that any hasty action would be inappropriate, from a single judge and maybe from the Senate too. The Secretary insisted there was much more work and study to be done before a change in the law would be ripe. Incredibly, Gates singled out the need to study separate military housing for gays. (The Gates/Pentagon speak for this red herring was “Defense Department Buildings.”)
Separate military housing? Yeah, that will go over really well with the starve-the-Pentagon types on the Hill.