DADT Spouse Survey Revealed

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com August 23 2010 8:45 AM ET

A survey of military spouses asks whether they would urge their husbands or wives to leave the armed services if the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is repealed, and whether they would attend social functions if openly gay service members appear with their partners.

The Washington Post offers a copy of the survey shared by OutServe, a group of active duty gay and lesbian troops. The 44-question survey was sent to 150,000 military spouses Friday as part of the Pentagon’s review of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Some sample questions:

"How important a factor would a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell be to you in making decisions about your spouse's future in the military?"

"Would a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell affect your willingness to recommend military service to a family member or close friend?"

"Assume Don't Ask, Don't Tell is repealed and you live in on-base housing. If a gay or lesbian Service member lived in your neighborhood with their partner, would you stay on-base or would you try to move out?"

"Would the attendance of a gay or lesbian Service member with his or her partner affect how often you attend these types of military social events?"

In a statement issued Saturday, Servicemembers United denounced the survey for carrying the same biases that tainted the survey of 400,000 troops in July.

“This survey of military spouses contains many of the same insulting and derogatory assumptions and insinuations about gays and lesbians that ran throughout the last survey,” said Servicemembers United executive director Alexander Nicholson. “Answer choices suggest things like the Defense Department possibly distributing flyers in military neighborhoods if, as they say, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is repealed and that the ‘readiness’ of military families might somehow be impacted. Again we stress that neither the President, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff nor anyone else would ever stand for such insulting questions being asked about any other minority group in the military in this day and age. The Pentagon’s senior leadership should seriously consider Servicemembers United’s offer to meet with them in person to talk about the insensitivity of these surveys and how the poor handling of these surveys might negatively impact implementation.”

Check out the complete survey below.Pentagon surveys spouses on "don't ask, don't tell"