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General: Most Marines OK With DADT

General: Most Marines OK With DADT


President Barack Obama's top choice to lead the U.S. Marine Corps said Tuesday that most of the military branch's personnel are opposed to ending "don't ask, don't tell."

Gen. James Amos (pictured) said at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting he has heard that the surveys sent to Marines regarding their views on "don't ask, don't tell" show they are "predominantly" opposed to repeal, according to the Agence France-Presse. He did, however, add that the Marine Corps would still follow the law, however it would be decided.

"We are the most disciplined service of all the ones you have," Amos said in an American Forces Press Service report. "We follow orders. If this [law] is changed, the last thing you're going to see your Marine Corps do is step in and push it aside."

Amos's remarks came right before the Senate vote on whether to advance the annual defense spending bill, which contained an amendment to repeal the ban on gay military service members. The legislation did not receive enough votes to move past a Republican-led filibuster.

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