General: 95% of Marines Oppose DADT Repeal
In a ranging interview just before his retirement, outgoing Marine Commandant General James Conway said as many as 95% of US Marines would be uncomfortable serving with open homosexuals.
By and large, they say that they are concerned that it will cause potential problems with regard to their order and discipline — that it will impact their sense of unit cohesion, Conway said.
An offiical DoD news release says the Department of Defense will follow the injunction against enforcing the policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” while the DoJ appeals. Focus on the Family says the case may be “sabotaged,” and any repeal may be harmful:
“Any kind of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal puts the religious liberties of chaplains at risk,” [Bruce Hausknecht, judicial analyst for Focus on the Family] highlighted.
Due to “uncertainty,” the Undersecretary for Personnel Clifford Stanley discouraged homosexuals from announcing themselves:
The injunction and appeal have caused uncertainty for servicemembers about the law, Stanley wrote. “We note for servicemembers that altering their personal conduct in this legally uncertain environment may have adverse consequences for themselves or others should the court’s decision be reversed,” the undersecretary said.
Speaking to the impact repeal would have, the military said:
Invalidating the law will require changes in a number of areas including housing, benefits, re-accession, military equal opportunity, anti-harassment, standards of conduct, rights and obligations of the chaplain corps and others. (emphasis added)
“Amending these regulations would typically take several months,” Stanley said in the deposition. “To change all the implicated policies and underlying regulations will require a massive undertaking by the department and cannot be done overnight.”
It would seem the military thinks there are significant logistical issues to overcome, despite calls for ending the ban with the ‘stroke of a pen.’