A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that 78 percent of the public supports allowing openly gay people to serve in the military, with one in five opposed.
"Support is widespread, even among Republicans. Nearly six in ten Republicans favor allowing openly gay individuals to serve in the military," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "There is a gender gap, with 85 percent of women and 71 percent of men favoring the change, but support remains high among both groups."
So why has this remained so radioactive? First, the military is more influenced by Christianist thinking than many other segments of society. Second, the Democrats are still suffering from the post-traumatic stress of 1993, aka homophobia-phobia. Third, the media wants it to be radioactive because that's always a better story.
But this will almost certainly be a total non-event. And Rep. Patrick Murphy, who has spearheaded repeal, says he has the votes.
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