WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday he
considers homosexuality to be immoral and the military should not condone it by
allowing gay personnel to serve openly, the Chicago Tribune reported.
General Peter Pace, Chariman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, (R) gestures during a media roundtable with U.S.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the Pentagon in Washington March 7,
Marine Gen. Peter Pace likened homosexuality to adultery, which he said was
also immoral, the newspaper reported on its Web site.
"I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it
is OK to be immoral in any way," Pace told the newspaper in a wide-ranging
Pace, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval
Academy, said he based his views on his upbringing.
He said he supports the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell policy" in which
gay men and women are allowed in the military as long as they keep their sexual
orientation private. The policy, signed into law by President Clinton in 1994,
prohibits commanders from asking about a person's sexual orientation.
"I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we
should not condone immoral acts," Pace said.
The newspaper said Pace did not address concerns raised by a 2005 government
audit that showed some 10,000 troops, including more than 50 specialists in
Arabic, have been discharged because of the policy.
With Democrats in charge of Congress, Rep. Martin Meehan, D-Mass., has
introduced legislation to reverse the military's ban on openly serving