James F. Amos Strongly Opposes Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy
James F. Amos wishes to uphold the Marines' conservative outlook. According to the New York Times, it is actually expected that Amos was the most opposed to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, preventing gays from serving openly in the military.
General Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, believes that the repeal of the policy will do more harm than good.
"If the law is changed, successfully implementing repeal and assimilating openly homosexuals Marines into the tightly woven fabric of our combat units has strong potential for disruption at the small unit level," Amos said, NYTimes.com reported.
There is nothing more intimate than combat ... young men laying out, sleeping alongside one another and sharing death and fear and the loss of their brothers, Amos told the San Diego Tribune.
NYTimes.com has more on General Amos' views:
General Amos added: I cannot reconcile, nor turn my back, on the negative perceptions held by our Marines who are most engaged in the hard work of day-to-day operations in Afghanistan. He concluded that although repeal could be implemented, and the Marine Corps would support it, my recommendation is that we should not implement repeal at this time.
According to Sign On San Diego, the Marines had the most negative view among the armed services about what the repeal will do to combat units:
About 60 percent of Marines polled, and 67 percent of those in the Marine combat arms, said their units effectiveness in a field environment or out at sea would be negatively impacted. Among all service members, the number was 44 percent.
The resistance among Marines came as no surprise. In 2007, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he supported dont ask, dont tell and called homosexuality immoral, based on his personal religious beliefs.