Sunday, July 20, 2008

America is fine with gays in the military

An idea whose time has come:

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.

Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents alike now believe it is acceptable for openly gay people to serve in the U.S. armed forces.
This is pretty dramatic. The Republican party should come around on this if it doesn't want to consign itself to electoral oblivion. (Any Democrats who still oppose this should come around too, of course.)

I think the anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment in California won't pass (last poll has it going down 51-42), and that's going to be a huge watershed. I think within a few years we're going to see the end of overt anti-homosexual discrimination as a viable political strategy, and that's a huge victory. (Well, there will probably be some regional backwaters where it will still work. Heck, there are probably some places where you could bash communists to good political effect.)

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