I favor the outright ban - DoD Directive 1332.14. It is ironic, and serves as a good example of how the left is able to successfully manipulate the debate, because conservatives are put in a position of defending a policy that we were against...Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was a compromise that permitted homosexuals into the military.
Saw a brochure for the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder program at a VA Medical Center. In the section on Military Sexual Trauma, i.e., if you need an explanation, rape of a military member by another military member, 50% of those enrolled in the MST PTSD program are MALE.
There are three likely outcomes of permitting gays to openly serve. (1) Aggressive and unapologetic enforcement of UCMJ Articles 120 (Rape and Sexual Assault), 125 (Sodomy), 134-2 (Adultery) and 134-3 (Assault Indecent), 134-29 (Indecent acts with another) with ultimate dismissal due to pattern of misconduct; (2) a quantifiable increase in 134-4 (Assault), -21 (Firearm Discharging), -23 (Fraternization), -25 (Negligent Homicide); or, (3) a quantifiable reduction in enlistments and reenlistments such that it affects overall readiness.
The ramifications of this are so self-evident, there can only be one logical reason to persue it. And that reason is to intentionally destroy the unit cohesion of the US military and, ultimately, destroy the US Armed Forces.