A Pentagon report on the issue of gays serving openly in the military is due out this week, and it is clear that 70 percent have no problem with the concept, much greater than earlier feelings toward Jews and African Americans in the 1940s and women in the 1970s and 1980s!
It is time for the Senate to follow the House of Representatives and end this discriminatory practice which is hurting our ability to fight terrorism and to recruit talented soldiers with specific skills needed in the military!
With Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen supportive of the change, and many others who were against the change in the past coming out for it, it is time for the Republicans to stop their resistance and support the change!
Since the military, by nature, is not a democracy in any case, it should not have been necessary to survey troops, as in the end, military forces follow orders and have to cope with whatever their commanders demand of them!
But now that the survey shows widespread support and tolerance, it is time for immediate action on this matter!