September 21st, 2010
12:57 PM ET
12 years ago

Marine general opposes repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

Washington (CNN) - Gen. James Amos, who is poised to become the new Marine Corps commandant, opposes repealing the current "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars openly gay and lesbian soldiers from the military.

The Senate Armed Services Committee, which held a hearing Tuesday on the nomination of Amos to become commandant, released 37 pages of policy questions the general answered in advance.

"In my personal view the current law and associated policy have supported the unique requirements of the Marine Corps and thus I do not recommend its
repeal," Amos wrote.

"My primary concern with proposed repeal is the potential disruption to cohesion that may be caused by significant change during a period of expended combat operations," Amos said in his answer to the committee's advance questions.

A Defense Department review of the policy that is under way "should tell us a lot whether such a change will be disruptive to unit cohesion ... (and) provide insights into how, if Congress approves of a change in law and the president signs it, the (Defense Department) should develop policy for its implementation."

At the hearing, Amos told the committee that he believes responses from Marines on repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy have been mostly negative so far.

Amos said he had heard that at Marine bases and in Marines' responses to an online survey, the feeling "is predominantly negative." He added: "But I don't know that as a fact."

However, Amos made clear that he and the Marine Corps would accept the new policy if and when the law gets changed and the president, defense secretary and Joint Chiefs chairman certify that it would not impede military effectiveness and readiness.

"The Marine Corps is probably one of the most faithful services you have in our country," Amos said. "And if the law is changed by Congress and signed by the president of the United States, the Marine Corps will get in step and do it smartly."

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. george

    thank God for a real general. the military is about the only part of the federal government that actually works. now the bums in charge of the white house and congress want to tell them how to run their business. gimme a break. semper fi

    September 21, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. gt

    thank you general... i think you may know best for your troops... sorry lady gaga,,,what in the world is wrong with this nation when a wacko singer gets press for dont ask dont tell.. unreal...

    September 21, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Good for you general tell the gays to do there duty and keep there dam mouth shut keep that gay crap to them selves

    September 21, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Russ

    What are the Republicans afraid of by repealing this stupid law? Their male lovers may come forward and thank them in public? Talk about a bunch of hypocritical, closeted morons. We're here to help the American people unless that is, your gay, black, hispanic, atheist or middle class.

    September 21, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. a health economist

    The Marine Corps is often argued as being the best of the best for our military. I have faith that the Marine Corps could handle any changes the repeal would cause.

    September 21, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. obama victim

    it would seem that a decorated General in the military would know best what is proper for the military,,,,,,and of you left wingnuts want to bash an American General?? this should be entertaining

    September 21, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Blablabla

    If you don't like gays in the military, don't enlist there.

    September 21, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Lynn

    Marine's must not be very secure in their own sexuality. Maybe they don't trust themselves and fear being interested in a gay guy in the shower with them.

    September 21, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    THE RIGHT THING TO DO. Gen. James Amos, who is poised to become the new Marine Corps commandant, opposes repealing the current "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars openly gay and lesbian soldiers from the military.

    September 21, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Clwyd

    Who cares what this general thinks. I oppose all generals and our out of control military that are now killing Afghans for sport!

    September 21, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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