Top Marine: DADT Repeal Happening, ‘Get Over It’

Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett, top non-commissioned officer of the Marine Corps, has voiced what appears to be unequivocal support for the repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service personnel, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT).

Barrett, recently selected to be an adviser to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, took a variety of questions whilst on a visit to bases in the Pacific, including questions on the repeal of DADT.

Given the Marines Corps’ highly publicized reticence over the repeal, and his superior General Amos’ outright opposition prior to the repeal law being signed, one might have expected Barrett’s support for retiring the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy to be lukewarm at best. Not so.

From The Washington Wire:

“Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution is pretty simple,” he told a group of Marines at a base in South Korea. “It says, ‘Raise an army.’ It says absolutely nothing about race, color, creed, sexual orientation.

“You all joined for a reason: to serve,” he continued. “To protect our nation, right?”

“Yes, sergeant major,” Marines replied.

“How dare we, then, exclude a group of people who want to do the same thing you do right now, something that is honorable and noble?” Sgt. Maj. Barrett continued, raising his voice just a notch. “Right?”

Barrett reportedly went on to speak about conversations with UK troops who were freed over a decade ago, and with little disruption, from their ban on openly gay personnel, adding that the US Army would continue to be “magnificent,” that the repeal simply meant service rules would be more fair, and that it was time to simply “get over it.”

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has suggested he would be ready to certify the repeal before leaving his post at the end of June. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen has also commented in an interview that certification of the repeal should happen “certainly” within the next two months.

Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress led by Rep. Duncan Hunter have tried to slow the repeal by attaching an amendment requiring all four service chiefs to sign off on the change to the House’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The amendment did not make the Senate version of the NDAA, but, not to be unduly deterred, Republicans have now taken a different approach by writing to President Obama directly to warn that implementing the repeal without consulting Congress might be disastrous.

This perhaps hints at court action should Obama deny the House congressional oversight in this regard, though nothing has, to date, been explicitly mentioned.

Related Reading:

Barney Frank Calls on Obama to Veto A Defense Bill with Anti-Gay Amendments

Half of Military Now Trained for DADT Repeal

U.S. Army Launches DADT Website

 

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42 comments

Joy Jin
Joy Jin4 years ago

Good for him and all others who think this way. :)

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle4 years ago

Good for the sergeant. Get educated; adjust your thinking; it's the law now; get on with your job in the Marines, and stop trying to change others. Get over it.

Yvette T.
Past Member 5 years ago

At least 10% of all PEOPLE everywhere in every age and place have been and continue to clearly gender identify as other than strictly the material bodies they are born into...and every single individual, all 7 billion of us, is our own unique blend of genders....why is this sch a mentally challenging issue for so many? It is a fact, it is dictated by Nature, and the wisdom of Nature is beyond our limitations. Personal sexuality is not the business of outsiders. Violence is everybody's business, but, sexuality is between the individual and the Great Spirit only.

Ed Gould
Ed G.5 years ago

I served in the Army (and I am gay). I was drafted so I had no choice in the matter. I knew of several other gay people in our company. None of the other soldiers cared. No, we weren't a frontline unit we were an computer group and it was clear that no one cared. The captain was more interested in trying to out people and get rid of them. We all worked together to keep a lid on the idiot. If anything having to do with people in the outfit we took care of each other and made sure the captian was kept in the dark. Between company clerks and senor enlisted guys we had the captian so confused he was lost at work.
Nobody cared so if you care either get over it or get out. Of course when you get out nobody cares either, so your only option is to get over it.

kenny s.
Kenny Stidham5 years ago

For anyone to assume someone is looking at them in the shower is a very conceited paranoid type of person. Gays are very selective when it comes to who they are attracted to unlike the majority of hetrosexuals out there. If you are worried about someone looking at you while showering I dont want you defending me against anyone.

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley5 years ago

Well said. It is as simple as that. Get Over It. People want to serve their country and that is the only thing that should matter. I find it hypocritical of those who don't think that DADT should be repealed have never served a day in the military in their lives. Get over it!

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Marie W.
Marie W.5 years ago

Finally an adult in the military and not a whiny baby.

Nimue Pendragon

Semper Fi, Sgt. Maj. Barrett :)

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y.5 years ago

Semper Fi, Seargent Major!