The Wall Street Journal tagged along with Marine Command Sergeant Major Micheal Barrett as he toured bases in the Pacific with the commandant. While addressing soldiers, the corps' top noncommissioned officer brought up the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell":
“You all joined for a reason: to serve,” he continued. “To protect our nation, right?”
“Yes, sergeant major,” Marines replied.
“How dare we, then, exclude a group of people who want to do the same thing you do right now, something that is honorable and noble?” Sgt. Maj. Barrett continued, raising his voice just a notch. “Right?”
To drive the point home, he produced a pocket copy of the Constitution.
“Get over it,” he said. “We’re magnificent, we’re going to continue to be. Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines.”
The leadership of the Marines were among the last holdouts against the DADT repeal. But if there's one thing for which Marines are legendary, it's getting in line and following orders.