Marine commandant: End of gay ban a non-event

  • Article by: ROBERT BURNS , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 28, 2011 - 8:43 PM

The general, who once opposed the change in military policy, said he's "very pleased with how it has gone."

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oglethorpieNov. 28, 11 9:21 PM

In an interview, Amos called the repeal in September of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy "a non-event." What do you expect him to say? Generals are politicians. He'll say what he needs to say to keep his job.

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eman6678Nov. 28, 1110:27 PM

See, the sky is not falling from the repeal. But it should serve as a good reminder that sometimes - but not always - gradual change is better than a revolution.

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jarlmnNov. 28, 1110:46 PM

My unit had some quite open gays and they were some of the most squared-away troops in the outfit. NEVER was there any problem with any untoward sexual acting-out from them. (Which is quite more than I can say for a couple of the heterosexuals in the outfit.) The ban should have been a no-go from the start.

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jjsbrwNov. 28, 1110:52 PM

As a veteran, I can say the repeal of the military's discriminatory practice of DADT policy couldn't come a moment too soon. It truly was one of the last government-sanctioned, overt forms of repression in our country. Is our society perfect now? Of course not. It's just that much better now that DADT is gone.

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sjhuotNov. 28, 1111:35 PM

The impact of allowing gay marriage will be the same, when it finally comes. Not to say that down the line there may still be some isolated problems, but as one who has worked with openly gay persons for years, the hyperbole spouted by the right was truly overblown. I hope moderates remember...

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ciamanNov. 28, 1111:39 PM

OK, I see the Star/tribune never wants a straight answer. It is clear that any general who would like to keep his pension would keep his mouth shut if he really did think that there had been some problems with the toss of "Don't ask, don't tell" provison. How many top generals have been sacked just recently? At least two. Because they told the truth. And do not forget about the Captain of the Enterprise who was put back from being the commanding office of a nuclear powered Air craft carrier to a desk. And do you know who had to OK that one? Ask Mr. President. Do any people really think that there has not been a few problems with the new policy? Give me a break. And give a break to the American people. We are not voting in Russia where all of the people always agree. Thank you.

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member11Nov. 29, 1112:00 AM

Ogle- I guess he was honorable to "say what he needs to say" to keep his job. Especially in this economy.. eman - It appears that posters here prefer revolution to gradual change 4 to 0. jarl and jjsbrw - thanks for your service.

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member11Nov. 29, 1112:12 AM

ciaman: "It is clear that any general who would like to keep his pension would keep his mouth shut if he really did think that there had been some problems with the toss of "Don't ask, don't tell" provison. How many top generals have been sacked just recently? At least two. Because they told the truth." Do you think generals get paid to tell the truth? To the press? I hope you aren't the general if I ever have to enter into battle.

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mnmaggiemnNov. 29, 11 2:41 AM

Everyone is entitiled to their opinion, like it or not! If he felt it would be a big deal fine, he has the right to feel how he feels. Maybe he really feels as though it is a non event...100% of people arent always going to agree and just because people have different views is no reason to speak brashly about them.

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randyjkNov. 29, 11 5:34 AM

i suspect he was really speaking for himself and not the troops in voicing his objections.

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