Marine Corps Commandant Conway Reiterates: Marines Should Not Have To Share Quarters With Gay Troops

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway

NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski is reporting that Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway has reiterated his position that if Congress repeals Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Marines who “don’t want to room” with openly gay soldiers should be allowed to live separately:

On a different, but related subject, Conway suggested that if the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law is repealed, the Marines may consider allowing Marines not to share quarters with homosexuals.

Conway said the Marines may make such housing arrangements “voluntary” to accommodate any “moral concerns.” He said many Marines are “very religious” and because of their moral concerns “don’t want to room” with homosexuals.

But Conway stressed that if the law is repealed, the Marines would take the lead in implementing it. “We cannot be seen as dragging our feet. We’ve got two wars to fight. We’ll implement it and move on,” said Conway.

Conway came under intense criticism in March when he told Military.com he will insist that the Marines have the option of not living alongside gay servicemembers. The Wonk Room looks back at his comments and what they would mean for the forces.