New Marine Corps Commandant: Don't Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
“There’s risk involved. ... I’m trying to determine how to measure that risk.”
6:35 AM, Nov 8, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The AP reports that General James F. Amos, the recently-confirmed commandant of the Marine Corps, thinks the ban on gays serving openly in the military should not be repealed:
Democrats are reportedly pushing to vote on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" during the lame duck session of Congress this month.
Earlier this year, Democratic senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said that some troops might say, "I'm not particularly comfortable, if I'm not gay, taking a shower with someone who is." But, Levin added, that attitude is "disappearing very rapidly, by the way, thank God, in this country. But I would bet you there are some people ... who would also say, 'I should[n't] feel that way.' Or that, 'It's wrong to discriminate against gay people.'"
While polls show that strong majorities say they favor repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a Quinnipiac poll this year showed that voters are, in fact, evenly split when they consider the real world implications of a repeal. Quinnipiac asked registered voters: "Do you think heterosexual military personnel should be required to share quarters with gay personnel or not?." 45% of voters said heterosexual personnel and openly gay personnel should be required to live together in military facilities, 46% said they should not.
Stuart Koehl made the case for keeping Don't Ask Don't Tell this summer.
Update: The Wall Street Journal reports: "Drive to Repeal 'Don't Ask' Policy All but Lost for Now."