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Overall, the study showed that about 70 percent of active-duty and reserve forces saw little or no problem with ending the 17-year-old policy, which critics have said is discriminatory, harmful to troop readiness and at odds with the military's emphasis on honesty.
Some viewed it as a result of the same prejudice that long prevented racial integration and prevented women from serving. They said it was un-American to discriminate against gays in the military; one noted that he or she was willing to be killed in action for the American values of equality and civil liberties.
"Gays and lesbians have been serving in the Armed Forces since the inception of our country," one said. "They love this country just as much as heterosexuals. They have been 'outed' while serving, humiliated in front of their peers, beaten up and given dishonorable discharges in the past (and even present day). This must end. This is NOT what our country is about."
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
This study will surely help Congress in determining whether or not to end this obsolete and discriminatory policy later this month.