69 Percent Are Ok with Gays in the Military

It is good to know that more and more people are coming to their senses when it comes to gay men and women serving in the military. Any person, gay or straight, wishing to defend their country in a time of war, should be recognized as good Americans.

Washington (CNN) - Nearly seven in ten Americans think that people who are openly gay or lesbian should be allowed to serve in the military, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that 69 percent of the public favors allowing openly gay men and lesbian women to serve in the military, with 27 percent opposed.


"That's a dramatic turnaround from the early 1990s, when the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy was first being implemented," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In 1994, only a bare 53 percent majority felt that gays and lesbians should be allowed to openly serve in the military."

Support for allowing gays in the military is much higher among Democrats than Republicans, but the policy wins support from a majority of Republicans as well. More than eight in ten Democrats say that gays should be allowed to serve; 62 of Republicans and 63 percent of Independents agree with that view.

The poll's release follows Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut announcement Monday that he would be a sponsor of legislation next week to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which has been in place since 1993.

However, changing the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy might be a bad idea. There are obvious problems with an openly gay man sharing quarters, showers and bathrooms with a group of other men who might not be comfortable. It's a problem that we don't need. It might be better if it's just left alone.