A brand new poll by a Florida university shows that the people sampled in this study were far more reluctant to vote a gay candidate than a candidate of color or gender, even though an overwhelming majority of the same sample (a little over 80 percent) agreed that the current "don't ask, don't tell" policy of the military must go. Almost 30 percent of those sampled admitted sexual orientation would influence their vote, whereas less than 10 percent of them said the same about gender or race. For me this shows that as much as Americans are willing to put the security of this country in the hands of these brave gay men and women, they are not willing or ready to let the governance of this republic fall into hands of members of the same community. Clearly, gays are still seen, and wrongly, by mainstream society as incapable of being leaders since they supposedly are irresponsible, given their "lifestyle." Mainstream Americans don't mind if they are in the military since the top brass can keep gays in line, but woe betide, if gays are allowed to run the "show" on their own.