Topmost US Military Officer Calls for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy Removal
The highest ranked officer of the United States military has openly supported that homosexuals be allowed to serve openly.
Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said to the Senate Armed Services Committee that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule can be removed without harming military morale.
The “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule implicates that gay members should keep their sexual orientation a secret. It has been placed by the Clinton administration in 1993.
“Speaking for myself and myself only, it is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do,” said Mullen to the senate committee.
He became the highest ranked military officer ever in history to openly support the removal of the restriction. It gave the biggest boost to the campaign of President Barack Obama‘s call to lift the ban.
Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich), chairman of the senate armed services committee, said that it is time to repeal the rule, as it is discriminatory.