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Wexler blasts Pace



Calling the comments "reprehensible," Rep. Robert Wexler blasted Marine General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for saying in an interview with the Chicago Tribune that homosexuality was immoral.

"General Pace's comments are reprehensible and demonstrate that he is unfit to lead the diverse group of men and women who make up our armed forces," Wexler said in a statement.

"Bigotry, racism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism are disgusting in any form, but when those in positions of leadership espouse such sentiments, they legitimize the hate and biases that so many Americans fight everyday to end.  Worst of all, Pace's comments hurt our military morale and damage the war effort by condemning the morality of gay soldiers, even as these same soldiers fight and die in Iraq and Afghanistan."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:35pm]


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