Top Marine: Fears of ending gay ban prove unfounded

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  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 29, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    I'm glad to see the transition going well. It was LONG past time for this to happen. As Barry Goldwater said, "You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight." He was right.

  • George Bronx, NY
    Nov. 28, 2011 9:38 p.m.

    His fear was UNfounded, what a shock.....a shock only to those that believe the constant lies and rhetoric from those that appose gay rights, for the rest of us it was a no brainer. I do have to admit I respect the fact he can admit he was wrong.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 28, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    wonderful job editing, DN. read your headline then read the text and fix one or the other.

    Headline: Top Marine: Fears of ending gay ban prove founded
    text: Marine Gen. James F. Amos...now acknowledges his concern has proven unfounded

    "un" at the front of a word usually changes its meaning.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    I apologize.

    But AS one of the 14,000 discharged under this stupid policy, I am...more motivated than most to point out the futility of this wasteful excersize.

    *'Pentagon study dismisses risk of openly gay troops' - By Anne Flaherty - AP - Published by DSNews - 11/30/10

    *'AMA meeting: "Don't ask, don't tell" said to hurt patient care; repeal urged' - By Kevin B. O'Reilly, amednews staff. Posted Nov. 23, 2009.

    - America Medical Association

    There has NEVER been a valid concern about LGBT persons serving openly in this great countries military.

    Only those who made claim, again and again, without evidence, that there was.

    For over 17 years our gay and lesbian service members have served in silence.

    What evidence is there that their service would deminish, by being able to live their lives in public...?

    Zero.

    And all 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) cost us was:

    $1.3 billion of your tax dollars. (Source: Former Congressmen Patrick J. Murphy, PA)

    14,000 service members discharged. (Source: Service Members Defense)

    And critical skilled persons. My example? Former Lt. Dan Choi:

    Arab Linquist.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    MANAMA, Bahrain Marine Gen. James F. Amos, the face of opposition in the military to lifting the ban on gays serving openly, now acknowledges his concern has proven UNfounded (sic)

    "Successfully implementing repeal and assimilating openly homosexual Marines into the tightly woven fabric of our combat units has strong potential for disruption (sic)

    He (Amos) now sees no sign of disruption in the ranks even on the front lines. (sic)

    Looking back, Amos said he had no regrets about publicly opposing repeal during wartime.' - Article

    Of course.

    Factaully PROVEN on the wrong side of an issue, and, true to form has no 'regrets' about advocating the wrong side of history.

    56% of Marines were against DADT repeal, it's true.

    And yet:

    *'Pentagon study dismisses risk of openly gay troops' - By Anne Flaherty - AP - Published by DSNews - 11/30/10

    'The study found that 70 percent of troops surveyed believed that repealing the law would have mixed, positive or no effect, while 30 percent predicted negative consequences.'

    70% of the entire military believed there would be mixed, little or...

    no effect.

    Picking and choosing one branch out of four is not a fact.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Nov. 28, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    When it comes to combat... the race, religion, gender or sexual preference of the soldier fighting beside you matters very little. In the end it is kill or be killed and you rely on your brothers (and sisters) in arms to make sure you don't fall into that second category.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    'MANAMA, Bahrain Marine Gen. James F. Amos, the face of opposition in the military to lifting the ban on gays serving openly, now acknowledges his concern has proven unfounded that repeal would undermine the war effort. In fact, he says, Marines have embraced the change.' - Article

    And yet:

    'Top Marine: Fears of ending gay ban prove founded' - Title

    I think there is a typo here.

    Perhaps:

    'Top Marine: Fears of ending gay ban prove UNfounded'

    Unfounded. i.e. without merit. Did NOT happen. Without cause for concern.

    As supported by:

    *'Pentagon study dismisses risk of openly gay troops' - By Anne Flaherty - AP - Published by DSNews - 11/30/10

    A study published by...the Pentagon.

    The fears and claims of those against open service of LGBT persons has been proven false, again and again.

    There has been no 'mass exodus' of our fine men & women out of the military.

    Our armed forces has suffered ZERO set backs in morale and determination.

    There has NOT been a rise in sexual harrasment.

    And our military unity and effectiveness has NOT suffered.