Openly gay in the military

Has the time come for the military to accept openly gay soldiers? A surprising 70 percent of the readers who answered our (unscientific) online poll on Yahoo! News 60 Minutes said “yes.” That’s an amazingly lopsided response, given that the fire in the gay marriage debate appears anything but extinguished.

Our segment on gay soldiers who served openly in the military despite the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” rule, has also sparked a vigorous debate on our comments section – ranging from the historical perspective of the ancient Greeks, to health fears, to concern for military readiness.

Interestingly, some comments have suggested allowing gay soldiers to serve openly, but in special all-gay brigades. Other readers said that would pose the same ‘separate but equal’ concerns as the debate between gay marriage versus civil unions.

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