In this photo taken July 29, 2011, Marine Corp Commandant Gen. James Amos speaks with reporters the at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md. Since the lifting two months ago of a longstanding U.S. ban on gays serving openly in the military, Amos said U.S. Marines across the globe have adapted smoothly and embraced the change. ìI'm very pleased with how it has gone,î he said in an Associated Press interview during a week-long trip that included four days in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)