Via Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), we learn that the departing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, has opened the door despite his personal opinions about homosexuality and military service, to a willingness to review and repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. He made the remarks at a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting on Wednesday.
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.
…In March, the Chicago Tribune reported that Pace said that, “I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.” While reiterating his personal opinion today, however, Pace indicated that lesbian and gay Americans do serve, and the law should allow their continued service.
It may have seemed tepid, but he is endorsing a change in policy, after taking a lot of arrows for his initial (inappropriate) comments. It also makes it clear that it is increasingly difficult to maintain DADT given the depleted military as a result of Dear Leader's military misadventures.