Admiral: President Obama Gave Us Choice to Accept Gays in Military or Resign
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp said that in 2010 Obama told U.S. military leaders to accept his push for gays in the military, and that if they didn't, they could take the "opportunity to resign [their] commissions."
Papp said these things in a video BuzzFeed obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The video shows a speech Papp delivered to Coast Guard Academy cadets during which he was asked how he would deal with enforcing an order with which he didn't agree. He used the story of his 2010 meeting with Obama as an example of how service members' duties can be compelling and conflicting with personal desires.
We were called into the Oval Office and President Obama looked all five service chiefs in the eye and said, "This is what I want to do." I cannot divulge everything he said to us, that's private communications with the Oval Office, but if we didn't agree with it – if any of us didn't agree with it – we all had the opportunity to resign our commissions and go do other things.
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