Nate Silver has the goods on public attitudes toward gays in the military:
When the policy was established, none of the three positions had majority support among Americans. Forty-four percent supported open service, 37 opposed any service, and 19 percent supported allowing gay men and lesbians to serve only if they did not reveal their sexual orientation. Today, one position has emerged as the clear preference of the majority of Americans. Seventy-five percent of Americans support open service, 17 oppose any service, and only 8 percent support the compromise position of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
This finding comes right at a time when the Secretary of Defense urged Congress to allow gays to serve in the military:
The review, ordered by Gates, found that most troops don’t care if they serve alongside homosexual colleagues. Some 70 percent of troops overall said repealing the law would have positive, mixed or no effects. And a whopping 92 percent, according to the AP, of troops who’ve worked with a gay service member said the experience was either good or neutral.
DADT, while making some sense at a time when gays could not even dream of being out in the open, has become a relic over 17 years. [Which should give us pause as to how much ground we have gained as a society in acceptance of gays as an integral part.] With evidence this overwhelming, why is John McCain, of all people, so steadfast in getting in the way? [BTW is McCain’s definition of a “military leader” one who agrees with John McCain at this point?]