General Pace Willing To Allow Gays In Service

Several months ago, General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Chicago newspaper, “I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that the (US military) should not condone immoral acts.” Yesterday, five days before stepping down from his role on the Joint Chiefs, General Pace turned around and stated his willingness to allow gays to serve in the military. “I would be very willing and able and supportive of any description, whatever change, to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell, would continue to allow the homosexual community to contribute to the nation without condoning what I believe to be activity, whether it be heterosexual or homosexual that in my upbringing is not right.”

Each person is allowed to maintain his/her personal beliefs about life, but when one puts on the uniform of the United States military, those beliefs can not interfere with the rights of other members of the military. It is comforting knowing that General Pace has changed his views and he should be respected for making that change.