Judging by the latest Gallup poll, it appears that gay rights are making some headway among Americans.Â Every year that goes by more and more seem to be leaning towards acceptance, which should not be confused with moral approval.Â Bear in mind that this poll has a margin of error of +/- 3% but let’s take a look:
I.Â Whether gays should be allowed to serve openly, maintain the current DADT policy or return to pre-DADT policies of discharging all gays:
1.Â Serve openly:Â 46%
2.Â Serve under DADT:Â 36%
3.Â Discharge all gays: 15%
The first gained 5% since 2000, while the second and third each lost 2% during that time.Â See also part VII which tends to cloud these results IMO.
II. Whether homosexual relations should be legal or not:
1.Â Legal:Â 59%
2.Â Illegal:Â 37%
That’s a significant change since the question was asked in 1977 when both sides were evenly split at 43% each.
III.Â Equal rights “in terms of job opportunities” for gays (think some version ENDA):
1.Â Yes:Â 89%
2.Â No:Â 8%
3.Â Depends:Â 1%
Again, a significant change since 1977.Â The first has gained 33% since then while the second lost 25%.
IV.Â Whether a homosexuality is something one is born with, due to environment, both or something else.
1.Â Born with:Â 42%
2.Â Environment:Â 35%
3.Â Both:Â 11%
4.Â Neither (something else):Â 2%
A dramatic change in public opinion since 1977 on the first two at least.Â The first has gained 29%, the second has lost 21%, the third has lost 3% and the fourth has lost only 1%.
V.Â Whether same-sex marriages should be recognized in law on par with opposite gender marriages:
1.Â Yes:Â 46%
2.Â No:Â 53%
We have a ways to go on this one, but since 1996 the “yes” side has gained 19% while the “no” crowd has lost 15%.
VI.Â Constitutional marriage banning same-sex marriage:
1.Â Favor:Â 50%
2.Â Oppose:Â 47%
Virtually the same since 2003.Â It is notable that neither side meets the 2/3’s approval by Congress standard nor the 3/4’s ratification by the States standard required under Article V of the US Constitution for amendment.
VII.Â Whether gays should be be allowed to serve in the military:
1.Â Should:Â 76%
2.Â Should not:Â 22%
A significant difference from 1992 when 52% believed they should while 37% disagreed.Â Given the first part of this polling data, however, these results should be taken with a grain of salt.
The trend would seems to be heading towards repeal of DADT and full integration of gays within society which I find encouraging.
— John (Average Gay Joe)