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General Carter Ham Foresees Muted Response To Gay Ban Repeal

General Carter Ham of the United States Army said today that he expects a muted response to gay ban repeal.

The Associated Press reports:

An Army general who co-directed a Pentagon study on ending the ban on gays serving openly in the military said Wednesday that repeal is likely to prove “pretty inconsequential.”

Gen. Carter Ham said he expects civilians who strongly oppose the move ? and some gay rights advocates ? will voice their views when the repeal takes Tuesday. But inside the military the prevailing attitude likely will be business-as-usual, with no call for further debate about the merits of repeal, he said.

“My hope, my expectation, my belief is that it will be pretty inconsequential,” he told The Associated Press in a brief interview. His comments echoed the prevailing view among senior U.S. military and civilian officials at the Pentagon, who think repeal will largely be taken in stride.

Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, co-chaired a Pentagon group that in 2010 studied how to implement a repeal law, which was subsequently passed by Congress in December. Some in Congress, including House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., have criticized President Barack Obama’s decision in July to certify that repeal of the ban would not harm the military’s ability to fight.

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