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Gen. Amos Urges Respectful DADT Repeal

Gen. Amos Urges Respectful DADT Repeal


Two top Marine Corps leaders, including one who was apprehensive abot repealing "don't ask, don't tell," issued a video Friday urging a safe and courteous repeal effort among troops.

Marine Corps commandant Gen. James F. Amos and Sgt. Maj. Carlton W. Kent, the corps's top enlisted man, came together for the video, in which each stressed the diversity of the Marines.

"I want to be clear to all Marines: We will step out smartly to faithfully implement this new law." Amos said, also asking higher-ups to reemphasize dignity and respect among peers. "We are Marines, we care for one another and respect the rights of all who wear this uniform. We will continue to demonstrate to the American people that discipline and fidelity, which have been the hallmarks of the United States Marine Corps for more than 235 years, will continue well into the future."

Kent reminded Marines that it is a privilege to wear the uniform, and said, "As Marines, we are confident you will continue to treat each other with dignity and respect. The commandant and I have trust in the great leadership of our Corps, from junior Marines to the most senior."

In October, Amos was confirmed by the Senate to lead the Corps, replacing Gen. James Conway, who retired. He was already on the record as saying he did not support ending the ban on openly gay and lesbian service members. During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in September, Amos said most Marines wanted to keep "don't ask, don't tell." He later said, however, that he would follow the law, and enforce the repeal if Congress passed it.

Watch the full video at The Washington Post.

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