Marines Get 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Training
Marines at Camp Pendleton went through training today to understand what's required of them under the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," reports the OC Register. The training, which is being conducted worldwide and is expected to be finished by the end of the summer, includes sending the message that "It's OK to disagree with letting gays serve openly in the military. It's not OK to disobey orders," notes the Register.
At the training, Marines were advised that they were not to tolerate homophobic remarks from other Marines, that it was "OK" for people to hang out at gay bars, and, curiously, that if they saw two men kissing, they should react as if they were seeing a man and a woman.
Whether living in a world of make-believe is a progressive step or not remains to be seen. For now, it looks like some Marines will have some soul-searching to do...like the one who inquired at the training, according to the Register, as to why his religious beliefs were being put aside in favor of gay rights.