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As The Country Goes, So Goes Utah

…or is it the other way around? Well, not any more.

As Utah led (or lagged) the country in Bush approval ratings, so Utah lags the Nation in the growing acceptance of Gays as evidenced by popular sentiment about Gays in the military.

But Utah WILL follow the national trend, albeit several steps behind, as sure as we also woke up to the national shame of the Bush administration.

H/t C&L:

Americans have come a long way on gays in the military

By: Steve Benen on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

When Americans were asked in 1993 about whether U.S. troops should be able to serve, even if they’re gay, a majority (55%) were opposed to the idea. About eight years later, in 2001, public opinion had already shifted a great deal — 62% of Americans supported gays serving openly in the Armed Forces, while 35% did not.

And now, as hearings on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” are poised to begin on the Hill, public opinion on the issue is practically one-sided – in a progressive direction.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Americans in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll said gay people who are open about their sexual orientation should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military, up from 62 percent in early 2001 and 44 percent in 1993. Read the rest of this entry »

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