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General Tries to Clarify Remarks on Gay Troops - The New York Times
The top U. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, told the Chicago Tribune newspaper the military ban on homosexuals should continue, because homosexuality is immoral. The newspaper posted audio from the interview on its Web site. General Pace told the Tribune that to officially allow homosexuals to serve in the military would be an endorsement of immoral activity. He said the military should not endorse any immoral acts, mentioning specifically homosexuality and extra-marital affairs, which are also against military regulations. General Pace endorsed the current policy, under which homosexuals serve by keeping their sexual orientation a secret. The general's comments drew immediate criticism from homosexual advocacy organizations, including the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which helps homosexual members of the military defend themselves when the military tries to expel them.