WASHINGTON – A study conducted by the Pentagon argues gay and lesbian service members could serve openly, without harming the military’s ability to fight. 

During the 10-month study, some 115,000 troops and 44,200 military spouses were questioned about the impact of allowing LGBT service members to serve openly, 70 percent said lifting ban would have positive, mixed or no results. 

Sen. John McCain of Arizona and other Republican leaders are opposed to repealing the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy. They say the efforts are politically driven and dangerous with the U.S. involved in two wars.A study conducted by the Pew Research Center earlier this month found 58 percent of Americans were in favor of allowing gays to serve openly, 27 percent were opposed. 

The House voted to overturn DADT but Senate Republicans blocked the measure. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has promised a vote on the matter by the end of the year.

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