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A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 75 percent of respondents supported allowing gays to serve openly in the military, up from 62 percent in 2001 and 44 percent in 1993.
Among their hypotheses: Outwardly heterosexual men who harbor intense homosexual yearnings may hold the most vehemently anti-gay attitudes of all. Psychologists dub this a "defensive reaction." And, some speculate, men who hold such defensive attitudes are likely to join the military in disproportionately large numbers, drawn to the bastion of traditional masculine virtues--strength, aggression, and heterosexuality--and to authoritarian outlawing of homosexuality as a means of quelling their homoerotic impulses.
Originally posted by skeptic1
In my mind, it as simple as that. These men and women can go and fight to protect and ensure the rights that we all enjoy in this country, but a moral/religious bru-ha-ha ensues when talking about bestowing upon them some of those same rights.
Originally posted by crmanager
reply to post by MemoryShock
But if a person is romantically inclined to you then you want them away from you. If two peopel of any type are involved romantically then they DO NOT belong on a battlefiel together. Ever.
Originally posted by Rook1545
reply to post by rightwingnut
Wow, that is a complete load. I am not too sure how you could call being homosexual a choice. If you were to take a good long look at nature you would see that actually homosexuality, or bi-sexuality is actually more of an instinct than a behavior. Just because it is not your cup of tea, does not make it "an abnormal human act".
I find it disgraceful that the US keeps doing this kind of thing to people. Blacks could serve in the military, but were not afforded the same rights as Whites, through segregation. Women had to fight to vote. Now we have decided that since we can't pick on anyone that is visibly different we will pick on those that act different. People need to grow up and see that everyone is different and needs to accept that they have rights too.
Originally posted by MemoryShock
The policy was implemented about fifteen years ago as there was concern about how hetero and homosexual individuals would interact with each other, especially since it is known that some people just cannot rationalize the idea of homosexuality and cannot justify accepting this as a reality for some members of our society.
Originally posted by GamerGal
Because a political group that has been against civil rights for blacks, women, Jews, and gays say it's evil even though they cover up pedophiles in their own ranks.(Mark Foley being one of the most famous cases where the House Leader covered up his pedophilia for years!) And of course how many people who are against gays getting married are divorced?
But Americans in the military seem less friendly to the idea of junking the ban. A 2006 opinion poll by the independent Military Times newspapers showed that only 30% of those surveyed think openly gay people should serve, while 59% are opposed.
Originally posted by Raustin
A 2006 opinion poll by the independent Military Times newspapers showed that only 30% of those surveyed think openly gay people should serve, while 59% are opposed.