Thursday, August 12, 2010

Americans Oppose Homosexuality in Military; Liberals Don't

About half of likely voters don't want a repeal of the 1993 law barring open homosexuality in the military, while 59% of Democrats want Congress to ignore top military commanders on the subject and instead listen to homosexualists.

Also, about half of likely voters oppose legislation that would "allow abortions in military medical facilities in the United States and overseas."

UPDATE 8/22/10: Mainstream media finally reports this story

-- From "New Poll Finds Most Oppose DADT Repeal" by Bryant Jordan, 8/10/10

Groups dedicated to keeping in place the ban on gays serving openly have released the results of a survey indicating the majority of Americans oppose lifting the so-called Don't Ask, Don't Tell prohibition.

The poll, sponsored by the Center for Military Readiness and the Military Culture Coalition, found a majority of respondents – 48 percent – oppose repealing the 1993 law.

Additionally the poll found that lawmakers who vote to lift the current prohibition on abortions at military medical facilities do so "at their own political peril."

The CMR/Coalition poll found 49 percent opposed to using military facilities for abortions.

The poll of 1,000 respondents was conducted in mid-July by the polling company/WomanTrend of Washington, D.C., said Kellyanne Conway, founder and chief executive officer of the company.

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From "Likely voters support 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'" by Michael Foust, an assistant editor of Baptist Press 8/10/10

[In constrast, a] CNN/Opinion Research Poll from May showed that 78 percent of adults supported allowing "people who are openly gay or homosexual" to "serve in the U.S. military." But that poll was of all adults; the latest poll is of likely voters. Other polls with similarly worded questions have found comparable results.

"Those questions are not biased, but I do believe they are incomplete," Kellyanne Conway, president of the Polling Company/WomanTrend, said during the conference call.

Other polls are incomplete, she said, because they do not give respondents an option of keeping the current law. The Polling Company's poll asked: "Would you prefer that your elected representatives in Washington, D.C. vote to overturn the 1993 law and allow homosexual persons to serve openly in the military, or vote to keep the law as it is?"

Republicans preferred keeping the current law, 67-26 percent, as did independents, 47-44 percent. Democrats favored overturning it, 65-29 percent. Most of the likely voter models in recent months have shown Republicans as more likely to vote during the general election.

In April more than 40 retired military chaplains sent a letter to President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates warning that the careers of many if not most military chaplains will end if Don't Ask, Don't Tell is overturned. The letter warned that reversing the policy will negatively impact religious freedom and could even affect military readiness and troop levels because the military would be marginalizing "deeply held" religious beliefs.

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From "Most Democrats Favor Punishing Soldiers Who Oppose Homosexuality, Survey Finds" by Adam Cassandra, 8/11/10

The survey also showed that half of Democrats support penalizing soldiers opposed to homosexuality, including those who oppose it for religious reasons.

The 1993 law (U.S. Code Title 10, Sec. 654), passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton, prohibits homosexuals from serving in the military.

The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy was implemented in a Defense Department directive approved by President Clinton in 1993 as a semi-compromise – homosexuals could serve in the military provided they did not disclose their sexual preference; and military officials could not ask about a person’s sexual preference.

While the DADT policy could be revised by the president and the Defense Department, the federal law (U.S. Code Title 10, Sec. 654) against homosexuals serving in the armed forces, to be changed, would have to be revised or repealed by Congress.

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From "America says Obama playing politics with soldiers" by Bob Unruh © 2010 WorldNetDaily 8/10/10

More than half of likely voters believe the president is working to destroy the military's policy toward homosexuals of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for political reasons, according to a new poll.

"By a 26-point margin (57 percent vs. 31 percent) more survey respondents perceived President Obama's campaign promise to repeal … 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (and which uses the word 'homosexual') as motivated more by politics than principle," a report on the new poll from WomanTrend said today.

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