Repeal of military gay ban gets mixed review after three months

December 25, 2011

By Rowan Scarborough-The Washington Times

Three months after President Obama lifted the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military, Pentagon officials say heterosexual troops are adjusting well to the new policy.

However, critics say they are just following orders, and many are complaining privately.

On the Joint Chiefs of Staff, even the most outspoken opponent of lifting the ban said he is satisfied with the progress so far.

“I’m very pleased with how it has gone,” Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, told reporters on a recent trip to Afghanistan to visit U.S. troops.

He said he heard little from Marines about serving with openly gay colleagues, even though a Defense Department survey before the Sept. 20 repeal showed Marines were the most opposed to the change, compared with the other three branches of the military.

The policy, known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” was adopted during the Clinton administration to allow gays to serve as long as they kept their sexual orientation private.

“The Marine Corps faithfully and willingly carried out the intent of our commander-in-chief and civilian leadership in preparing for repeal,” Gen. Amos told The Washington Times.

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