Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Watch: Marine General Shoots Straight on Gays in the Military

As the Senate prepares to take up the defense appropriations bill next month and possibly repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, one senior U.S. military official explained Tuesday why he supports the current law.

Marine Commandant General James Conway told reporters, "We have some people that are -- that are very religious, and I think in some instances -- I couldn't begin to give you a percentage -- but I think in some instances we will have people that say that homosexuality is wrong and they simply do not want to room with a person of that persuasion because it would go against their religious beliefs."

In response to why Marines appeared to have more of an issue with changing the policy than perhaps other branches of the military, he offered, "That's a tough question to answer because I'm not as familiar with the other services as I am my own Corps...we recruit a certain type of young American, a pretty macho guy or gal, that is willing to go fight and perhaps die for their country."

He added, "We are forced to live in close proximity aboard ship, in the field for long periods of time and that type of thing...and we'd just as soon not see it change." READ MORE...

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