Gen. Peter Pace took his boot out of his mouth long enough to refuse to apologize for, and instead to reiterate, his anti-gay statements in today’s Chicago Tribune. The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman allowed that he should have just signaled his support for the government’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy instead of focusing on his “personal moral views” but didn’t retract his claim that homosexuality is “immoral.”

Perhaps he would do well to consider the sacrifice of Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, who, besides being the first critically wounded Marine in Iraq, is fighting for the rights of gay and lesbian service personnel after his injury spurred him to come out of the closet.

New York Times:

General Pace’s original comments, made in an interview on Monday with The Chicago Tribune and confirmed by a tape of the interview posted on the newspaper’s web site — have been denounced as insulting and insensitive by gay rights groups.

General Pace told The Tribune, in reply to a question, that he did not believe the Pentagon should condone immoral behavior by allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly.

“I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts,” he said. “I do not believe the United States is well-served by a policy that says it is O.K. to be immoral in any way.”

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