This is too rich. As the WaPo story relates, DefSec Gates wants a survey of serving military to assess attitudes about changing the ridiculous Don't Ask Don't Tell policy regarding gays in the military, and he wants to be sure serving gays are part of it. But if a uniformed officer is told by a gay or lesbian about sexual orientation, he or she just might be required, under current policy, to initiate an investigation that could lead to dismissal. (A gay organization estimates about 2% of the military, or 66,000 people are gay or lesbian.)
This is all pretty silly. The po0licy is harmful, the military will adjust to a new policy and all this study-it-to-death gradualism is unnecessary. They ought to just change the policy, the more quickly the better.