BREAKING: Top US Military Officer Endorses Repealing DADT

Defense Secretary Gates and Joint Chief Mullen think gays should be allowed to serve openly

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Sec Def Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs are down with repealing the DADT law, from The New York Times

“No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens,” Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. He said it was his personal and professional belief that “allowing allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do.”

But both Admiral Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the committee they needed more time to review how to carry out the change in policy, which requires an act of Congress, and predicted some disruption to the armed forces.

Much respect.

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