Top military brass splits over 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal
December 3rd, 2010
01:40 PM ET

Top military brass splits over 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

Leaders of the different branches of the U.S. armed forces gave sharply divergent answers to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday when asked whether the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy should be repealed, and what the consequences of a repeal might be.

They appeared united, however, in their belief that a repeal would be better handled if ordered by congressional legislation rather than a ruling from the courts.

The strongest resistance to allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly came from Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, who warned of potentially strong repercussions in terms of unit cohesion.


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  1. Andreas Moser

    Why on earth would we allow Americans who wish to serve their country to do so?

    December 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. p

    this is 2010 not 1910 its time to move on. gay people are everywhere now

    December 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    Keep them in the POG ranks. As far as combat arms MOS's such as 11b or 0311 there is no place for an openly gay grunt. He would be mocked and made fun of till he killed himself

    December 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Man, have you seen some of the guys who are gay and are in the military? They could squash a 200# man with there fist. You really need to get out more.

      December 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Walter

    The courts will sort this out much quicker than this lame Congress will..... but it's fun to watch them try, the knuckle-heads.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. There is obviously no evidence for evolution, stupid.

    Our species is in its infancy. This is just one example of how.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chnapier

    the straight people don't really gain from gays in the military but the gays sure benefit i'm sure the idea of them just being in the military surrounded by men all the time gives them tremendous excitement and fulfillment and satisfaction

    December 3, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carl

    Chnapier nailed it on the head. Thank you.

    December 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tony

    It's amazing that the argument of "readiness" and "unit cohesion" is being dictated by a perceived level of bigotry within the military ranks. I guess all these nay sayers actually forgot precisely what it is that we are even fighting for. Anyone remember the word EQUALITY? If we can't promote our ideals inside our own ranks, no point in fighting the fight to begin with, and we don't deserve to win the battle.

    December 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. american

    It was my understanding that guys who wished to be 'girly' did so because they didn't want to fight. The girls acting as guys is a no brainer .. that fits.

    December 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Protoman

    Weren't all of the great warriors of ancient Greece or Rome kinda gay? They seemed to fight pretty well.

    December 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    At this time I have no comment on the topic at hand. Thank you.

    December 4, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Willy Brown

    It seems the only one who wants this open gay thing is the Beltway Military, you know the people who wear uniforms and make Washington, D.C. a military career. Gays have been allowed to serve since Clinton put DADT in effect so why do I need to have the Gays shove it in my face on base now.

    December 4, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Same reason gays have to have YOUR orientation shoved in their face. It's called EQUALITY!

      December 4, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. marine

    Gays should keep their mouths shut about being gay and just serve the military.gays are serving quietly in military now. what is the big deal?

    December 4, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. marine

    Gays always want special treatment.great they want to be able kiss in front of everyone at ceremony.

    December 4, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    This gay stuff is truly controversial. I like cold milk with my M&M's. Is this a normal thing to have. Is there at least one more person who does this so I will not feel so strange? Who else has cold milk with their M&M candy?

    December 4, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |