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June 18, 2009


Barack Obama's position towards gays is quite similar to the way moderate segregationists once dealt with blacks: using the law instead of violence to keep them in their place. There is simply no constitutional reason to discriminate against gays or lesbians, and those that do so are just as dishonorable as the segregationists of the past.

Gallup - Americans are six percentage points more likely than they were four years ago to favor allowing openly gay men and lesbian women to serve in the military, 69% to 63%. While liberals and Democrats remain the most supportive, the biggest increase in support has been among conservatives and weekly churchgoers -- up 12 and 11 percentage points, respectively.

Majorities of weekly churchgoers (60%), conservatives (58%), and Republicans (58%) now favor what essentially equates to repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy implemented under President Clinton in 1993. To date, it is estimated that more than 12,500 servicemen and servicewomen have been discharged under the policy, including more than 200 since Obama took office.

Overall, the groups most in favor of allowing openly gay service members to serve in the military continue to be liberals (86%) and Democrats (82%), followed by Americans 18 to 29 (78%) -- whose support registered a nine-point jump in support from 2004.

While men (64%) and Americans 65 and older (60%) have levels of support more in line with right-leaning groups than with left-leaning groups on this issue, they join virtually all other demographic segments of the population in registering an increase in support since 2004.

The only exception to the trend in favor of openly gay service members is seen among those with a high school education or less, who showed 57% support in both surveys.


Anonymous It's your thang do whatcha wanna do... said...

I guess, like a lot of numbnuts guys, he feels his sexuality is threatened by someone else having the freedom to do whom or what they might wish to do.

June 18, 2009 7:18 PM  

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