I will be surprised if the number of openly homosexual members is more than 10,000.
I think the number of actual gay marriages was a very low percentage as well. This isn’t really about a groundswell of interest by gay people to serve the country, it’s about sticking a finger in the eye of normalcy, an “in your face” move.
I would amend gay "people" to gay "males". It is my unscientific observation as a current active duty Sailor in the USN that the overwhelming majority of gays serving today are female. I don't see gay men as finding the rigors of military service to be particularly attractive. Lesbians, on the other hand, tend to find the masculinity of military culture comfortable.
This whole debate over DADT has been centered around prancing, lisping "queens" turning our military into a haven for effeminate gay males while in reality, females are most affected by any policy regarding gays in the military. And while there are certainly gay males serving in the military, I know, I've served with some, there's a lot more lesbians.
They'll scream homophobia and the libs will line up behind him to lynch the marine.
Blacks do it.
Women do it.
Why not gays?
This is a TERRIBLE precedent.