Military Inadvertently Recruits Gays

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This is too good. According to the USA Today article Military Inadvertently Recruits Gays, the US military bought ad space aimed at new recruits on Glee.com, a networking site for “Gays, Lesbians, and Everyone Else.” Dealing with GLEE’s parent company, Community Connect, and working through private ad agencies, the military purchased a “diversity and inclusion” placement package that targeted “special interest” web communities such as Latino, Asian-American, and gays.

Steve Ralls of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a gay advocacy group, commented:

“The majority of GLEE’s members would not be allowed to be as open in the military as they are online…[gays] have been drummed out of the armed forces simply for using sites like GLEE.”

Despite General Schwartzkopf’s long-standing claim that “the presence of open homosexuality would have an unacceptable detrimental and disruptive impact on the cohesion, morale and esprit of the Armed Forces,” the Guardian reports a different outcome for British Forces. It’s Official: gays do not harm forces relates the state of British Military ten months following a reversal of the ban on gays in 2000. An unidentified British military a paratrooper is quoted:

Our key priority is recruiting tough, fit, team players. We need as many as possible. This sex thing has nothing whatsoever to do with their ability as soldiers. It appears to be an obsession of armchair warriors.

Although a recent article in the British conservative Daily Mail describes a “spate of resignations in protest” by members of the British Armed Forces in 2000, “American scholars” dissect and debunk the claims here.

A 2007 CNN poll reveals evolving attitudes toward homosexuality, including growing acceptance that it is genetic and unchangeable. The poll also found that 79% of Americans believe that openly gay people should be allowed to serve in the military.

Changing attitudes on the right can also be seen in the June 2007 Fabriozio/MaLaughlin poll:
The Elephant Looks In the Mirror Ten Year Later

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