Today’s announcement that President Obama reached a deal with Congressional leaders and the Pentagon to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was welcome news for the overwhelming majority of Americans who support this change (including a broad coalition of religious groups). As they know, our country will be safer for having a military that doesn’t waste time and money discharging good soldiers and that can actively recruit the best and brightest citizens who want to serve.
Combined with passage of the hate crimes bill last year and the new hospital visitation policy announced earlier this year, this repeal is another important step towards full equality for our LGBT brothers and sisters.
Encouraging more policy changes like these, a Gallup poll released today showed support for gay relations in general at an all-time high. Included within the poll report was the following table showing cross-tabs by religion.
As you can see, the stereotype that people of faith are overwhelmingly opposed to gay rights doesn’t hold up. Particularly in the last four years, acceptance among Christians has increased significantly with a solid majority of Catholics now in favor and Protestants coming close to 50% support.
These numbers reinforce what we’ve been saying for awhile now–people of faith support overturning a policy that doesn’t serve our nation’s best interests or its values, and religious leaders who use DADT to unfairly malign our troops and LGBT Americans are becoming further and further out of touch.