The White Evangelical Exception

The latest Pew survey finds Americans favor lifting the ban on gays in the military by 2 -1. Support is about the same as it has been for the past few years in the Pew poll at around 60 percent. Opposition is at a historic low: 27 percent. Every religious group favors lifting the ban save one:

Nearly half (48%) of white evangelical Protestants oppose letting gays serve openly in the military, while just 34% support this proposal.

In some ways, much of American politics is about just how much of a veto this group can exert over the rest of the country, and how determined the majority is to resist them. The good news is: the Senate GOP isn't entirely controlled by this faction yet. There is still a chance that Murkowski, Ensign, Collins and Lugar will let the commander-in-chief, defense secretary and military leadership have their way. If you really want to make a difference and any of these men and women are your Senators, contact them.