Friday, July 18, 2008

Leave Those Gays Alone...

After Republicans essentially won the national and state elections in '04 by bashing gays, it seems that one-trick pony was really a one-trick pony.

The Washington Post reports that most Americans are no longer pulling their hair and thrusting about at the thought of gays serving in the military; and in hindsight, it looks like Bill Clinton's incremental "don't ask, don't tell" may have worked exactly as planned.

Seventy-five percent of Americans in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll said gay people who are open about their sexual orientation should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military, up from 62 percent in early 2001 and 44 percent in 1993.
And before batwings start screaming that only degenerate Dems have changed their mind, read on.

Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents alike now believe it is acceptable for openly gay people to serve in the U.S. armed forces. Shortly after he took office in 1993, Clinton faced strong resistance to his campaign pledge to lift the military's ban on allowing gay people to enlist. At that time, 67 percent of Republicans and 75 percent of conservatives opposed the idea. A majority of independents, 56 percent, and 45 percent of Democrats also opposed changing the policy.
Polls currently show voters in California oppose the proposition that would ban gay marriages. Guess a few GOPers can finally come out and get married for "real." Or even stay in the military.

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