The head of the U.S. Marine Corps on Tuesday stressed that the integration of openly gay and lesbians into the military has gone smoothly.
“I don’t think there is a problem,” said Commandant Gen. James Amos during a National Press Club luncheon in downtown Washington. “I don’t see it. I don’t hear about it.”
Amos’ comments come nearly a year after the repeal of the Pentagon’s ban on openly gay and lesbian servicemembers officially took effect. He told the Senate Armed Services Committee during his 2010 confirmation hearing that he opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” LGBT rights groups later blasted Amos for suggesting that openly gay and lesbian servicemembers would prove a distraction that would lead to further loses on the battlefield. He stressed, however, that the Marines would implement the policy if ordered to do so.
“We obey orders,” said Amos. “We do that better than anybody does and we have.”
He again noted that he doesn’t “even get a question” about openly gay and lesbian servicemembers from subordinates and other Marines.
“I don’t hear anything,” said Amos. “I’m not seeing anything at all, so I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out. I’m very proud of the Marines.”
I think the reality is a direct counterpoint to the GOP and religious fundamentalist charge of 'forcing social experimentation' on the military. Whether the aforementioned wish to accept it or not, a plurality of this nation apparently understands that gay people exist, that they can be just as capable and patriotic as any other American, and frankly it's simply not an imposition or restriction on their lives and liberties.