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Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee praised Commandant Gen. Jim Amos for controversial statements opposing the Obama administration's effort to repeal the ban on gays.
"I applaud him for his courage to speak up," McKeon said during a Dec. 15 interview with reporters. "If I were a Marine out there on the front, I would sure feel good about my commander, no matter how I felt on the issue, because he is looking out for them."
"The easy thing to do would be to say ‘We are Marines, we will do it,'" McKeon said.
McKeon plans hearings next year about lifting the gay ban, and wants to include rank-and-file service members along with military leaders.
"I would really like to hear from battlefield commanders," McKeon said. "I would like to hear from battalion commanders, I would like to hear from company commanders on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq to see what their feelings are."