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    Don't Ask, Don't Tell was working

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    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was causing attrition in the military before its repeal


    According to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, more than 14,000 service members were fired under the law. According to a March 2007 estimate by Gary J. Gates of the Williams Institute, a think tank at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, "4,000 lesbian, gay, and bisexual military personnel would have been retained each year since 1994" if Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell hadn’t been instituted.

    Furthermore, in a 2004 study, the Palm Center's Nathaniel Frank conducted "thirty in-depth interviews with gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers who were deployed to the Middle East." Frank found that "[n]early all the gay and lesbian service members interviewed for this study reported that the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy impeded their capacity to bond with their peers, to develop trust within their units, to discuss basic personal matters, and to achieve maximum productivity in their working lives as fighters and support personnel."