Sen. Inhofe Agrees with Marine Commandant: Repealing Ban on Homosexuals in Military Could Cost Marines Their Lives

By Chris Johnson | December 17, 2010 | 3:42 PM EST

Sen. James Inhofe (R--Okla.) (AP photo)

( – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Friday that he agrees with the assessment of Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos that repealing the ban on homosexuals in the military could cost the lives of Marines.

In a telephone interview with the senator, asked Inhofe if he accepted General Amos’ statement on the cost of repealing the military’s ban on homosexuals.

Inhofe said that he did.

“I do. I’ve known him and I’ve followed him through his career,” Inhofe said.  

Earlier in the interview, Inhofe said that he admired the general’s courage in speaking out.

“It took a lot of courage for General Amos to do what he did,” Inhofe said. “Let’s keep in mind that Obama is the commander-in-chief and that’s his title. I think what General Amos had to do is put the lives of his Marines above his response to the president. And that is something that is almost unheard of. I’m so proud of General Amos for having (made) that statement.”

Amos made the remark while discussing the ramifications of repealig the ban on homosexuals in the military with reporters last Tuesday.

“Mistakes and inattention or distractions cost Marines lives,” Amos said. “That’s the currency of this fight. I don’t want to lose any Marines to the distraction. I don’t want to have any Marines that I’m visiting at Bethesda [National Naval Medical Center] with no legs be the result of any type of distraction.”

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