And from Fox News...
Marine Commandant General James Conway told reporters, "We have some people that are -- that are very religious, and I think in some instances -- I couldn't begin to give you a percentage -- but I think in some instances we will have people that say that homosexuality is wrong and they simply do not want to room with a person of that persuasion because it would go against their religious beliefs."
In response to why Marines appeared to have more of an issue with changing the policy than perhaps other branches of the military, he offered, "That's a tough question to answer because I'm not as familiar with the other services as I am my own Corps...we recruit a certain type of young American, a pretty macho guy or gal, that is willing to go fight and perhaps die for their country."
He added, "We are forced to live in close proximity aboard ship, in the field for long periods of time and that type of thing...and we'd just as soon not see it change."I have already been over this in a previous post, but I feel as if i must go over it again. For the military to even consider this "separate" housing arrangements for those with "religious" concerns it gives us shows two things.
1. It establishes that your personal religious ideals are an acceptable excuse to avoid something you don't want to be around. There is nowhere in any religious view that says that you should not even be around someone who is gay. Yes many religions call it a sin, and that you should not practice it, but to be around a gay person is not a sin at all. Is being around said gay person going to make you gay yourself? Because religion does not say not to be around gay people, what is the actual reason.
2. The actual reasons for not wanting to be around gay people is both anti-gay animus and personal security. Because there is no true religious reason for anyone to not associate with gay people (in fact, the vast majority of military members are Christians - a religion whose founder associated with the dredges of society), it has to be for either of these two purposes. If it is the first, being anti-gay, then the soldiers are going to have to put their big girl panties on and learn to play with the adults. In the REAL world, not some fake world like these soldiers want to think they are in, you don't get to choose who and who you don't get to work with. So my message to the anti-gay soldiers is this - just grow up. Now the other reason that they might object to sharing housing with gay service-members is because of their own lack of sexual security. Now this is a potent fear...because maybe they are afraid that if a gay man made a move on them (which btw in the military any sort of unwanted sexual advance is grounds for dismissal) that they might like it...Oh the Horror!! These soldiers are not secure in their own sexuality, so therefore they view openly gay service-members as a threat to their "sexual stability".