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October 20, 2010 Poll Results

Are you in favor of permitting openly gay people to serve in the military?

Yes 59% 256 votes
No 40% 176 votes
Total: 432 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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annarondac
October 21, 2010
6:36 a.m.

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Doesn't anyone comment anymore here?

nygirl61
October 21, 2010
10:58 a.m.

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To: "annarondac"... I do, occasionally, when it's something I wish to comment on. I noticed when the Gazette started charging for access to their online articles that there was a decided decrease in the number of people leaving comments... maybe they felt the cost wasn't worth it...

nygirl61
October 21, 2010
10:59 a.m.

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My comment on this particular "poll" question is to ask... why not? They're employed in every other type of business, why not the military??

WordWiz78
October 21, 2010
10:12 p.m.

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I think it's very sad that the people in charge of our military - which is supposed to be dedicated to defending the rights of all American citizens - are so gung-ho about suppressing the rights of a relatively large percentage of those very citizens. Being gay does not make one less of a citizen, nor does it make them different in any way that would affect their service in the military.

What is truly interesting is that of all the people I have asked who are either currently serving in a military branch, or who have served in the past, not one of them has or would have had a problem serving alongside an openly gay soldier. It seems this is a bigotry found primarily in the top brass, which only goes to show that the top brass are not necessarily the best people to be looking out for our rights.

annarondac
October 22, 2010
6:39 a.m.

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Is it bigotry or misunderstanding? A mentor of mine once said "if you need to conquer a prejudice, put a face on it." Perhaps the coming out of gays in the military would dispel any fears the top brass might have, especially if they have had no contact with that community.

Sparkys_Dad
October 23, 2010
7:50 p.m.

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I friend sent me an email that had a photo of flag draped caskets on a airplane. The caption read: Can you spot the gay soldier? Very interesting and disturbing all the same. Shame on anyone who would deny his or her fellow human being their dignity. This is an equal rights issue. Shame on all of us.

WordWiz78
October 24, 2010
2:58 p.m.

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@ annarondac: Bigotry is, for the most part, brought on by a combination of fear and misunderstanding. They aren't mutually exclusive. It shouldn't matter whether they have any contact with the "gay community." The fact is, saying "the gay community" and "the straight community" only further promotes this bigotry. We are the American community. White, black, man, woman, gay, straight, young, old, Christian, Muslim, etc...anyone who lives as a citizen in America is guaranteed, under the Constitution, to be equal. If our top brass are having trouble with "misunderstanding" this simple concept, it's time for them to step down.

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