The Pentagon has sent a survey to , active and reserve service members to assess their attitudes toward allowing gays to serve openly in the military, but it is already being roundly criticized by advocacy groups and gay and lesbian soldiers now in the ranks. The question survey quizzes soldiers on how they would react to sharing a shower with a gay or lesbian soldier and whether they would be willing to bring their spouse to a military social function if they knew that someone who was openly gay would also attend, according to a copy obtained by The Denver Post from active-duty personnel. Opponents of the current policy fear the survey will be used to derail repeal. Supporters fear it will simply justify a decision that has already been made.
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Seventy percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, according to the 11th annual American Values Survey , the highest percentage recorded by a major national poll. The results, released Monday, found just 28 percent of respondents oppose the right of gay couples to wed. Approval crossed the political divide, with majorities of Democrats 80 percent and independents 76 percent supporting same-sex marriage, and 50 percent of Republicans, according to the poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute PRRI in partnership with the Brookings Institution. Most major religious denominations back marriage equality, too, including white mainline Protestants 79 percent , Hispanic Roman Catholics 78 percent , religious non-Christians 72 percent Hispanic Protestants 68 percent , white Catholics 67 percent , Black Protestants 57 percent and other Christian denominations 56 percent. Religiously unaffiliated Americans were the most supportive, with 90 percent endorsing same-sex marriage. White evangelicals stood out as the only denomination where a majority opposed same-sex marriage, 63 percent to 34 percent. Support decreased among this group, according to PRRI, which found 41 percent of white evangelicals supported gay marriage in a survey.
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Israel became the first country in Asia to recognize unregistered cohabitation between same-sex couples, making it the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex unions in any capacity. Although same-sex marriages are not performed in the country, Israel recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation was prohibited in Same-sex couples are allowed to jointly adopt, following a landmark court decision in Previously, stepchild adoption as well as limited co-guardianship rights for non-biological parents were permitted.
Admiral Mike Mullen likes to talk to the enlisted troops. On a recent tour of Iraq and Afghanistan, he gathers them around at each stop and tells them to pose any question they want, large or small. Mullen is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking officer in the armed forces.