WASHINGTON — The military's top uniformed officer on Tuesday made an impassioned plea for allowing gays to serve openly in uniform, telling a Senate panel it was a matter of integrity and that it is wrong to force people to "lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens."
The comments by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, set the stage for the military's yearlong study into how the ban can repealed without causing a major upheaval to the fighting forces.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, appearing with Mullen before the Armed Services Committee, announced plans to loosen enforcement rules involving the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that has been in effect since 1993.
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Answer by eema.gray at 2:41 PM on Feb. 2, 2010
I agree with adia-
I also think DADT needs to go-
Special -Forced acceptance-of ppl? As if they're a different species? Being gay is not a choice!
Answer by Sisteract at 2:55 PM on Feb. 2, 2010
We all know this isn't about serving your country. It is about forced acceptance.
WHAT? It is NOT about serving..?? Lt. Daniel Choi is a founding member of Knights Out, an organization of out Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) West Point Alumni. strong>.
Last week, the U.S. Army discharged National Guard Lt. Daniel Choi â€” who served in Iraq and is fluent in Arabic â€” because he