Interesting article from an upcoming issue of The Advocate which reports on a Zogby poll that, for whatever value polls are, 73% of servicemembers do not care about the sexual orientation of their colleagues. It would be great if this attitude helps achieve the number one goal I have in gay rights: abolishing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. I firmly believe that with this impediment out of the way for qualified gays openly serving, many of the more reasonable rights called for by gays will follow. I suspect that opponents of this change believe the same thing, which is why they fight it so strongly even when their own reasoning for the policy is fatuous at best.
However, even if DADT were abolished tomorrow it would still take some time for real change to occur. As former Army Sgt. Sonya Contreras is quoted as saying:
“Even if the policy changed tomorrow, however, institutional changes in the military will take longer, predicts Contreras. “When the policy changes, the cultural change will take much longer,” she says. “Gay people in the military right now are not going to come out en masse, because a policy change is not going to change the way people think and feel.”
Such is to be expected I suppose, particularly from some of (though not all) those commanders of a previous generation. I’d rather get the show on the road and start this process now than later.