Friday, February 18, 2011

No Mass Exodus of Troops from DADT Repeal!

         The top commandant in the United States Marine Corps - General James Amos - has stated that he does not believe that the lifting of the ban on gay and lesbians in the armed forces will lead to a "mass exodus" from the military. In fact, he says the exact opposite, saying that it will maybe only cause a "blip" in normal operations.

       This, if you recall, was one of the major concerns of those who were against repeal...a concern that, in my opinion, made our men and women in uniform out to be some sort of scared children who would not want someone to look at them a certain way. I for one am glad that Amos has come out and said this. That being said, I don't think that it will stop the lies and deceit over DADT repeal from the people at WND or the like.

AOL reports...

The Marine Corps commandant who once said openly gay service members would be a dangerous "distraction" and was among the most outspoken opponents of repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy said today he does not expect to lose troops over the change.

"I haven't had any indication yet at all, not at all," Gen. James Amos told reporters when asked if he expected the mass exodus of troops that Sen.John McCain and other critics predicted if the ban was lifted.

Amos was visiting troops in Afghanistan's Helmand Province when President Barack Obama signed the repeal in late December. He said he addressed some 12,000 Marines about the change and "everyone said, 'Sir, we got it. We're going to do this thing.'"

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