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From the New York Times’ coverage of hearings related to the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy related to whether gays and lesbians serve in the U.S. military:

On one thing, Mr. Gates, Admiral Mullen and Republicans on the committee agreed: many gay men and lesbians are serving honorably and effectively in the military today, despite a policy that has led to more than 13,000 discharges, including those of much-needed Arabic translators.

“I have served with homosexuals since 1968,” Admiral Mullen told the committee. He added, “Everybody in the military has, and we understand that.”

That such an obvious reality must be stated by a top command figure before it can be heard, even by those who have served with gay men and women in the military, demonstrates the ridiculous level of denial that some elected members of our government, and the voters who vote them in, have in regard to the way things are in 2010 – and, as Mullen says, have been for more than 40 years.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:10 am February 4th, 2010 in Culture, intolerance, leadership, Military, Politics, Social Issues, war 

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2 Responses to “Mullen Says All That Needs Saying on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

  1. 1 peter on February 4th, 2010 9:39 am

    Thanks for this, Jill. You’re right on the money. Tell it to John McCain.

  2. 2 Foraker on February 4th, 2010 12:08 pm

    Israel has allowed openly gay people to serve in the military since 1990. Israel clearly has one of the more respected militaries in the world, and that did not change with the change allowing openly gay service members. Get it over with quickly and let’s move on to more important issues.

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