Defense Sec. Gates: Gay Soldiers Should Fill Out Survey (Even Though He Can’t Promise Privacy)

Despite zero guarantee of anonymity, Defense Sec. Robert Gates still wants LGBT soldiers to fill out the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell survey that went out yesterday to 400,000 American soldiers.

“This survey is a very important element of this effort … because … this size sampling is the most significant element of getting the views of the troops,” he says. And what about SLDN’s concerns about privacy — a factor so great the group is recommending queer soldiers not fill it out? Still fill it out, he says, even though queer soldiers have no discharge immunity guarantees.