To get the debate going, here’s part of an analysis published today by Associated Press national security writer Robert Burns:
Analysis: Signs point to shift on gays in military
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may get his wish to allow gays to serve openly in the military — not because of his powers of persuasion but because arguments against it have lost traction over time.
A cultural shift since Congress passed a legal ban nearly a generation ago has changed the debate.
For many younger members of the military — those doing the bulk of the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq — it’s hardly a debate at all. Polls show they care little about sexual orientation in their ranks.
Views in the wider society have evolved; gay marriage is now legal in five states and the District of Columbia. Opinion surveys say a majority of Americans think it’s OK for gays to serve in uniform.
"Do I care if someone is gay? I have no qualms," said Army Sgt. Justin Graff, serving with the 5th Stryker Brigade in southern Afghanistan. …