Marine Chief Will Let Straights Decline to Room with Gays
SANTA BARBARA, CA, March 26, 2010 - Military experts today expressed concern about Marine Commandant General James Conway's remarks that he would build new quarters so as not to force gays and straights to room together. Many said his stated rationale could cause the very problems he seeks to prevent. Gen. Conway, who previously expressed resistance to lifting the ban on openly gay service, offered his remarks yesterday in an interview with Military.com. He said that 'I would not ask our Marines to live with someone who is homosexual if we can possibly avoid it. And to me that means we have to build BEQs [bachelor enlisted quarters] and have single rooms.'
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