The Commandant of the US Marine Corps — who in 2010 testified before Congress that integrating openly gay Marines into the Corp “has strong potential for disruption at the small unit level as it will no doubt divert leadership attention away from an almost singular focus on preparing units for combat” — has now told the AP that gays and lesbians have seamlessly integrated into the life of the Corps:
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.
In an Associated Press interview, Amos called the repeal in September “a non-event.”
He said that at the annual ball in Washington this month celebrating the birth of the Marine Corps, a female Marine approached Amos’ wife, Bonnie, and introduced herself and her lesbian partner.
“Bonnie just looked at them and said, ‘Happy birthday ball. This is great. Nice to meet you,'” Amos said. “That is happening throughout the Marine Corps.”