"I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts," Pace said.
The newspaper said Pace did not address concerns raised by a 2005 government audit that showed some 10,000 troops, including more than 50 specialists in Arabic, have been discharged because of the policy.
Stand Fast General! A man willing to die for his country should be willing to retire for his principles.
Apology "neither required nor desired".
Incidentally, this policy was designed to keep the topic off of the table, not to keep gays out of the military. President Clinton wanted them in, the military wanted them out, and Congress hammered out this compromise with the White House. Gays in the military are expected to follow one simple rule, which is not to say or publicly demonstrate homosexuality, and the military is likewise to follow one simple rule, which is to not try to discover who is gay.
So the AP article is mistaken (or deceptive) in stating that 10,000 troops have been discharged "because of the policy". They were discharged for failing to follow one simple rule.
Finally, you won't see this mentioned in any press reports (I'll bet!), but the General was actually citing his own views on the morality of homosexuality as evidence that the policy allows gays to serve, despite his own beliefs on the matter.