March 26th, 2010
07:43 PM ET

Top Marine officer: Gays and straights shouldn't share rooms on base

The Marine Corps' top officer said Thursday that he would want to avoid housing gay and heterosexual Marines in the same rooms on base if the ban on gays openly serving in the military is lifted.

"I would not ask our Marines to live with someone that's homosexual if we can possibly avoid it," Marine Commandant Gen. James Conway told a Web site in an interview posted Friday. "And to me that means we've got to build [barracks] that have single rooms."

Asked about the possibility of gay and straight Marines living together, Conway told the site Military.com he would "want to preserve the right of a Marine that thinks he or she wouldn't want to do that - and that's the overwhelming number of people that say they wouldn't like to do so."

Conway said that the Marine Corps is the only branch of the armed services that houses two to a room.

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  1. Syphon Filter

    Is this guy Ignorant or what? I bet you if he was given a room with a beautiful female to share with, he wouldn't object to it. His comment just tells you how he would handle his ignorance. A true person would know how to handle any situation, especially a Top Military Officer. If you share a room with someone who's gay or someone attractive of the opposite sex, should not matter. Just know that your there to do a military job, you respect one another and your just there to sleep, eat and be in combat. enough said. They should demote this guy to a Bottom marine officer.

    March 26, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ron

    It's bad enough that we find out, finally, that the Catholic church is really a front for organized homosexuality and pedophilia. Do we really need to give them access to the military? Aren't there enough men and boys for them to abuse in the Church?

    March 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nico

    And, if they are going to allow women to serve on naval submarines where all the crew are basically sharing rooms with everyone in little bunks and showers... what's the difference? Answer: IGNORANCE!
    If you're not mature enough to handle it... you shouldn't be serving our country.

    March 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Clau Romero

    There is no sharing a room with someone of the opposite sex in the military. We are not "just there" to do a military job, eat, sleep and be in combat. I am confident General Conway is not ignorant. I am proud to serve.

    March 27, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Buck Rogers

    The Taliban does not reserve a special softer bullet for gay grunts , nor do gay grunts carry any less equipment or face any less danger and discomfort than their straight buddies. If a man fights hard and honest for his country then he must have the same rights as his peers regardless of who he chooses to have sex with. Conway is out of date with modern social trends. He's one of those guys that typifies the macho non intellectual 'Kill Everything Jarhead' mentality that saw needless marine lives lost especially in the Second World War , Korea and Vietnam. If it's anyone that needs seperate housing it's Conway himself , he should be housed seperately from the rest of society!. As a Marine Corp's Commandant he should know that homosexuality has always been prevalent in the military the world over. I once read William Manchester's novel 'Goodbye Darkness' wherein he describes Marine Corps life during World War 2. He mentions homosexuality on numerous occasions and even mentions the harsh court martialling of an heroic and manly gunnery sergeant for homosexual relations with an especially attractive male lower rank.It would not do wonders for unit cohesion and teamwork if openly gay soldiers are shunned by their comrades. Conway has got it totally wrong here by going to press with his outdated beliefs.

    March 27, 2010 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. DocTgo5

    ...so let me understand this. Gay Bob under DADT -CAN- share a room with straight guys, and that's OK....but the same Gay Bob -CAN'T- share the same room with the same straight guys once DADT is repealed. Now that is a fine example of **Military Intelligence**

    March 27, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. JDS

    This guy is very obvious old school Marine. True thick jarhead.

    If he only knew how many of his marines were bisexual or gay, he'd have a total nervous breakdown.

    His comment is relative and reflective of what the corps used to be. His comment should be used as how NOT to respond to such a situation.

    Agreed with Syphon Filter, Commandant Conway should be reprimanded for his remarks and his ignorance.

    March 27, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Suzi

    My son goes in the Marines in January I am proud of what my son is doing. My son could not care less about the sexual orientation of his fellow soldiers. He is smart enough to know Gay and Lesbian soldiers are in the Military for the same reason he is TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY. They have not joined the service to pick up a date.Top military officer how about top military idiot! My Dad served for 27 years in the Marines and the last thing on his mind in
    Vietnam was worrying whether or not another soldier was Gay. One more thing Gays and Lesbians DO NOT TRY TO MAKE STRAIGHT PEOPLE Gay OR LESBIAN they know as well as I do,( me and 5 siblings 4 straight 1Gay 1 Lesbian) people are born the way they are not made to be by influence. It is time for people to grow the heck up and get over themselves.

    March 27, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    Nico, we have a lot of younger troops who are not "mature enough to handle it." The fact is that they shouldn't HAVE (be forced) to HANDLE IT. Women are not on subs becasue of the issues so no problem there and you have no argument FOR doing it. Don't make up data to support you view...

    March 27, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Donna

    Their are already gays and straights rooming together in the Marine Corps. And do you really think gays in the military are going to announce themselves once the ban is lifted.

    March 27, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |