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Marines Resistant to DADT Repeal?

Marines Resistant to DADT Repeal?


The Pentagon's much-anticipated DADT repeal survey won't be released until Tuesday, but The Washington Post reports Marines have the strongest resistance to overturning the ban on openly gay soldiers serving in the military.

Early reports suggest the majority of the 400,000 active duty troops and reservists surveyed have no strong objections to repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" law. But reservations are strongest among Marines, an attitude shared by their top leader, Commandant Gen. James Amos.

Amos has said he doesn't think the government should lift the ban during times of war.

From the Associated Press article: "The Corps is the youngest, smallest and arguably the most tight-knit of the enlisted forces, with many of its roughly 200,000 members hailing from small towns and rural areas in the South. Marines are unabashed about distinguishing themselves from the rest of the military, with a warrior ethos and a religious zeal for their branch of service that they liken to a brotherhood."

The Senate is expected to vote on repeal during December's lame-duck session.

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