Graph of the Day for February 5, 2010

"I believe that homosexual acts between individuals are immoral, and that we should not condone immoral acts...  I do not believe that the armed forces are well served by saying through our policies that it's OK to be immoral in any way, not just with regards to homosexual acts."  US Marine General Peter Pace, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2007.

"It is my personal and professional belief that allowing homosexuals to serve openly would be the right thing to do... I have served with homosexuals since 1968."  US Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2010.

"In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country.  In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I don't know who's told you that we have this."  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Source:  The Economist.

Hoven's Index for February 5, 2010

Various estimates of percentage of US population that is gay:

Average guess by polled Americans:  21% of men, 22% of women

Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male:  10%

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:  3% to 8%

The Family Research Report:  2% to 3% of men, 2% of women

The 2000 US Census Bureau:  less than 1%

Source:  Gallup.

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