Over the years I’ve heard many ignorant, silly arguments against gays being allowed to serve honestly and openly in the military. Chief among them is the “majority rules” argument put out by those who would rather hide their homophobia behind others:
“Well, most American’s don’t want gays in the military!” OK. Cool. At least that’s better than “I don’t want no queer soldier looking at my little pee pee in the shower!”.
But, what does the majority of Americans feel about this? According to the latest Gallup poll, the argument against gays in the military is getting about as old and worn-out as the high ranking officers and enlisted men who blindly assume that allowing gays in the military would “seriously affect morale and cohesion within the unit”.
Seems like there’s really no debate anymore:
Note: 58% of conservatives and Republicans agree!
Here’s another table splitting the responses into a demographic set:
Apparently, the only people left in the country who aren’t in favor of gays serving in the military are the aforementioned senior military and enlisted men (most of whom are retired or close to it), members of Congress, and (through his inaction) the President.
One of these can do something now to stop the flow of qualified, dedicated gay soldiers from being kicked out of the military. The other two just have to listen.
I guess he hasn’t read this yet 🙂