Surge in support for gays serving openly in the military

This from a Washington Post-ABC News poll (July 10-13, 2008) out Saturday:

Public attitudes about gays in the military have shifted dramatically since President Bill Clinton unveiled what became his administration’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy 15 years ago today.

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. [...]

Fifty-seven percent of white evangelical Protestants now support allowing openly gay service members in the military, compared with 82 percent of white Catholics and 80 percent of those with no declared religious affiliation. Three-quarters of both married and single people support the idea, both significantly higher than in 1993.

Here’s the polling detail. Stephen H. Miller wonders will a President Obama be willing to push for a removal of the gay ban? While Pam Spaulding tweaks John McCain for his “intolerable risk” position on gays and lesbians serving openly.

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