The nation’s top Marines have made it clear that the corps will “step out smartly” to enact the repeal of the don’t ask, don’t tell law. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos (pictured)
and top enlisted man Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent made their comments in a new video to the troops, The Washington Post reported
Amos had opposed allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military and said doing so could be a deadly distraction. However, in the video circulated throughout the Marines, he said, "I want to be clear to all Marines: We will step out smartly to faithfully implement this new law. It's important that we value the diversity of background, culture and skills that all Marines bring to the service of our nation,” the Post said.
Kent notes that the Corps is a diverse force and “all have earned the privilege to wear the Eagle, globe and anchor. As Marines, we are confident you will continue to treat each other with dignity and respect.” Detailed plans to implement the end of don’t ask, don’t tell are due Friday, the Post said.
Gay rights activists praised the general for “keeping his promise to lead the implementation of openly gay and lesbian service personally." Human Rights Campaign Vice President Fred Sainz said that it’s “heartening that in our democracy, military leaders may disagree but they do not hesitate to implement the laws passed by our elected leaders," the Post said.
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