In February of 2010, a new CBS News and New York Times poll was released, concerning support for the Pentagon’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.
Strangely, it all came down to terminology. In the poll, 59 percent said they now support allowing “homosexuals” to serve in the U.S. military. But when asked whether they support “gay men and lesbians” serving in the military, that approval rating jumped 11 points.
There was also a difference in support for gays to serve openly, based on the term used. When referred to as “homosexuals,” 44 percent favored allowing them to serve openly. But when referred to as “gay men and lesbians,” the approval rating rose 14 points.
Because the term ‘homosexual’ is the one of choice for anti-gay extremists, it’s considered to be derogatory in some quarters.
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Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]