General James Amos testified Tuesday that most Marines oppose repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the AP reported

Amos has been nominated to succeed outgoing Marine commandant General James Conway.

“I've heard at the Marine bases and the Marine input for the online survey has been predominantly negative,” Amos said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Amos' remarks come on the same day senators are expected to vote on whether to end debate on an annual defense policy bill that includes repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the law that allows gay troops to serve only if they remain closeted and celibate.

Conway has previously suggested that the Marines would consider separate quarters for gay service members if Congress repeals the policy, explaining that Marines don't want to bunk with gay service members because they are “very religious.”

Amos, however, admitted that he had not seen the responses to the Pentagon survey expected to be completed in December.

Repeal advocates have criticized the survey as biased against gay troops, a claim officials have denied.

Amos and Conway have said should Congress repeal the law, the Marines would not hesitate to implement the new policy.

“We obey orders,” Amos said.