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article imageJoint Chiefs Chairman: Time to repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

By Oliver VanDervoort     Feb 2, 2010 in Politics
The country's top defense officials announced that the time to end the Military's 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy had come with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff especially pointed in his remarks.
Admiral Mike Mullen said that service members shouldn't have to "lie about who they are."
While Mullen and Gates were both adamant that Don't Ask Don't Tell's time has come and gone, the two senior military officials said they would like a year for the Pentagon to run a study on exactly what sort of effect repealing the policy would have on the armed forces.
Mullen said that repealing the policy that has been in effect for the last 17 years ""comes down to integrity for the military as an institution as well as the service members themselves."
During the hearing in front a Senate panel Mullen said that the Pentagon would undertake an 11 month review of just exactly how the ban could be lifted.
In 1993, under then President Bill Clinton the policy was drafted as a compromise for a military that has never been welcoming towards homosexuals. As long as they stayed quiet about their sexual preference, they were supposed to be safe from prosecution.
Several of the Republican Senators were unhappy with Gates and Mullen's comments, with Arizona Senator John McCain and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions both said their comments about how to repeal the policy, as opposed to whether or not they should seemed out of bounds.
"This is about leadership, and I take that very, very seriously," Mullen replied
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