Monday, October 12, 2009

Fighting the good fight

I hadn't noticed this Gallup Poll last June; it shows a large movement in the last five years in favor of ending "Don't Ask Don't Tell" among church goers, conservatives, and Republicans:
The finding that 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 is noteworthy for several reasons. First, the data show that these traditionally conservative groups are shifting on this issue, supporting it to a far greater extent than they support legalized gay marriage. Second, it suggests the political playing field may be softer on this issue, and President Barack Obama will be well-positioned to forge ahead with his campaign promise to end the military ban on openly gay service members with some support from more conservative segments of the population. 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 number of American adults supporting "openly gay men and lesbian women serving in the military" has gone from 63% in 2004 to 69% today.

AND HERE IS SAM SUSSMAN, a young straight man who won the Equality Idol contest and spoke at yesterday's March on Washington in favor of full equality for gays and lesbians.

(Video link)

Thanks to The Daily Dish for the heads up.

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