Will Ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Affect America’s Ability to Defend Itself?

This has got to be giving Fox News’s GOP handlers heartburn.  The Fox News “You Decide” poll on Saturday asked “Will Ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Affect America’s Ability to Defend Itself?“.

In classic biased Fox News style, the answer choices are all presented in an anti-gay frame.  ”Either gay, lesbian and bisexual identity is a preference, it affects troops morale, or it is a lifestyle that makes others uncomfortable,” describes Queers United. (emphasis added)

“Will Ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Affect America’s Ability to Defend Itself?”

No — Being gay is about someone’s sexual preference, not their patriotism, acceptance of duty and their love of country.

Undecided — We’re in a war in Afghanistan, and I’m not sure that this is the right time to undo something that will affect our men and women in combat.

Yes — At the core of an effective military is trust, and allowing a lifestyle that might cause some members of our military to feel uncomfortable cuts to the heart of that trust.

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And yet almost 61% of the more than 54,500 people voting answered “No”, ending DADT will not affect America’s ability to defend itself.  While reputable scientific polls have consistently shown overwhelming support for the repeal of DADT, the result of this Fox poll is phenomenal for a straw poll posted on a website for social conservatives.  Thanks Fox News for illustrating how out-of-step the Republican party is with it’s core supporters!

H/T Queers United