Gates & Mullen Firmly Support ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is perhaps the barometric view here. Mullen said the heads of the military services did not yet have firm military advice for the president. But then, in a hearing just getting underway in the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mullen said that it was his “personal view” that “allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do.” It comes down to “integrity,” the nation’s top military officer said.

Robert Gates, the secretary of defense, vowed to proceed in a “thorough” and “deliberate” manner to repeal the law over the next year. He’s creating an advisory panel on the issue. It will be chaired by two Pentagon luminaries: Jeh Johnson, the department’s general counsel, and Gen. Carter Ham, commander of Army forces in Europe.

Mullen, however, is the one who has set the tone for the uniformed military here. He just made repealing DADT kosher.

Update: I initially misheard Mullen as calling it the “right view.” I corrected the quote; apologies.

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MaryWaterton
Comment posted February 2, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

God will destroy any nation that condones homosexuality.


youmustbejoking
Comment posted February 2, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

Says who? The military is not supposed to be based on religious dogma. The only arguments I have heard against giving gays and lesbians equal rights have been based in religious beliefs. That has no place in rules governing our military. DADT needs to be immediately repealed so those who want to serve can continue to do so in truth and not hiding in the shadows.


seabeedoc
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

Mary mary quite contrary how does your garden grow with silver bells and cockel shells and pretty maids all in a row!

Mary, Please are you currently serving in the military ….I am. ADM Mullen is right gays and lesbians will always serve by our sides whererwe know who or what they are or not.


seabeedoc
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 5:47 pm

Mary mary quite contrary how does your garden grow with silver bells and cockel shells and pretty maids all in a row!

Mary, Please are you currently serving in the military ….I am. ADM Mullen is right gays and lesbians will always serve by our sides whererwe know who or what they are or not.


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