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Marine Corps Commandant: Don't Change 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

7:05 PM, Feb 25, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The Hill reports:

The commandant of the Marine Corps told senators Thursday that he opposes lifting the ban on openly gay people serving in the military.

Gen. James Conway’s position on the repeal of the controversial law known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell” has not been a close-held secret, but on Thursday he publicly offered his personal opinion to the Senate Armed Services Committee — becoming the most senior military officer to openly express his opposition to the change of the Clinton-era law.

“My best military advice to this committee, to the secretary and to the president would be to keep the law such as it is,” Conway said. “At this point I think that the current policy works.”

There have been many reports about the momentum behind DADT repeal, but there's no indication there are 60 votes in the Senate or 218 votes in the House to repeal the law. And the top Marine's stance against repeal should carry a lot of weight with those on the fence.

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