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Pelosi: ‘We Don’t Need Moral Judgment From The Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs’

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"Pelosi: ‘We Don’t Need Moral Judgment From The Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs’"

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At a press conference today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responded to yesterday’s remarks by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Peter Pace calling homosexuality “immoral” and comparing it to adultery.

“We need the most talented people, we need the language skills, we need patriotic Americans who exist across the board in our population,” Pelosi said, calling on the military to “carefully consider” reversing the ban on gay service members. “We don’t need moral judgment from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs.” Watch it:

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Senior aides to Pace said today that he “won’t apologize for calling homosexuality immoral” despite calls by advocacy groups.

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PELOSI: I was disappointed in the moral judgment that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs made this morning, or whenever it was, reported this morning, and I was more interested in the statement made by Gen. Shalikashvilii, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, when he said that, “If America is ready for a military policy of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation, the timing of the change should be carefully considered.” I think the military should carefully consider changing the policy. We need the most talented people, we need the language skills, we need patriotic Americans who exist across the board in our population. We don’t need moral judgment from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

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