A gay-rights advocacy group has called for the immediate resignation of the Marine Corps' commandant for his claim today that the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" could risk the lives of his Marines.
Gen. James Amos told a group of print reporters today that the recent Pentagon report on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" revealed that the repeal of the law could result in "distractions" that could threaten Marines in combat.
"Mistakes and inattention or distractions costs Marines lives," Amos said. "I take that very seriously. I don't want to lose any Marines to the distraction. I don't want to have any Marines that I'm visiting at Bethesda [Naval Hospital], with no legs be the result of any type of distraction."
In a brief statement, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a gay servicemembers-rights group demanded, "Gen. Amos needs to fall in line and salute or resign now."
In his confirmation hearing and a recent hearing on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Amos has openly stated his opposition to the immediate repeal of the law while his Marines are actively engaged in fighting the war in Afghanistan.