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Thursday, September 27, 2007

General Peter Pace Clarifies Remarks About Gays in the Military

From SLDN Times:

General Peter Pace Clarifies Remarks About Gays in the Military

In an appearence yesterday before the Senate Appropriations Committee, outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace clarified remarks he made earlier this year about gay service personnel and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on open service. In response to questions from Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) about Pace’s earlier comments, referring to homosexuality as “immoral,” the General indicated a willingness to change the law.

“Are there wonderful Americans who happen to be homosexual serving in the military? Yes,” Pace said. “[W]e should respect those who want to serve the nation but not through the law of the land, condone activity that, in my upbringing, is counter to God's law.” Pace then went on to say that, “"I would be very willing and able and supportive” to changes to the policy “to continue to allow the homosexual community to contribute to the nation without condoning what I believe to be activity — whether it to be heterosexual or homosexual — that in my upbringing is not right,” indicating support for policies that would treat behavior by all service personnel, regardless of sexual orientation, the same.

“General Pace is right in his assertion that lesbian and gay personnel should be treated equally alongside their heterosexual colleagues,” said Aubrey Sarvis, SLDN's executive director. “’Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ however, creates a separate set of standards for gay personnel. The law is about status, and not conduct. Policies regulating conduct are already on the books and should be applied without regard to sexual orientation, but simply being lesbian or gay should not be grounds for dismissal from the armed forces.”

To read more about General Pace's comments or to learn more about 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell," visit SLDN online .

Meanwhile HRC is just condemning Pace's comments. Is HRC interested in doing something about repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell - or are they more interested in scoring points against republicans?

HRC's backstory's blog doesn't allow comments. At least they do show the video so you can view and decide for yourself.