In a Quinnipiac poll released today and featured on Tucker Carlson’s new media ’empire’ The Daily Caller, American voters overwhelmingly favor allowing gays to serve openly in the United States military.
Homosexuals should be able to openly serve in the U.S. military, American voters say 57 – 36 percent. Voters also say 66 – 31 percent the current policy of not allowing openly gay men and women to serve is discrimination, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Oddly, while Americans favor open service, and want Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repealed because two-thirds of them call it discrimination, they seem to favor something I’m going to call Don’t Camp Don’t Butch:
But by a 54 – 38 percent margin, American voters say gays in the military should face restrictions on exhibiting their sexual orientation on the job, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.
I don’t understand why anyone except sex workers are displaying their sexual orientation on the job, so I guess heterosexual soldiers should face these same restrictions. I mean, who "exhibits" their sexual orientation on the job, anyway? Does that mean you can’t put pictures of your partner up in your cubicle at the Naval Air Station? Or that you can’t wear drag makeup at reveille? No pumps at the Pentagon, gentlemen?
Go figure. I think this says more about Americans’ attitudes towards sexuality than homosexuality: keep it all in the closet.
UPDATE: The Windy’s Spencer Ackerman has a great report about the 10th Mountain Division commander’s website open forum for those under his command to state their views about repeal.
Here’s an excerpt, but please do go read the whole thing:
Few of the thread’s 77 comments express any hesitation about the repeal’s impact unit cohesion or combat readiness or any other arguments typically used to justify keeping openly gay servicemembers out of the military.