Gates and Mullen: Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Is the“Right Thing to Do“

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation’s top military officer, on Tuesday said that they fully support President Barack Obama’s decision to end the law that prevents openly gay people from serving in the military.

Mullen is the first sitting chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to support repealing the controversial law known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

“It is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do,” Mullen said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

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