Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Even conservatives want DADT out the window

This new Gallup poll shows something striking and wonderful: the opinion on allowing gays to serve openly in the U.S. military has changed a bit over the past few years, and now, even the clear majority of conservatives, Republicans and church-dwellers would prefer the annulment of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

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.

Below is the complete chart of results, and it's quite enlightening:

Even those who attend church every week – aka. Christians, usually at the forefront of banning teh gay out of America – have a majority that wishes for gays to be able to serve without discrimination or hiding in the military. What does that say about the turn of the tides over the past few months and years, eh?

One thing we can tell for sure: DADT is doomed. The majority has spoken, and quite clearly at that. Now, how long is it gonna take, Mr. President?


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