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Military Leaders Voice Support for Mullen/Gates Approach to DADT Repeal

For the second day, the Armed Services Committees of the Senate and House held concurrent hearings regarding defense authorization requests for Fiscal Year 2011 and military leaders again faced questions on repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) law. Testifying today included Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead; Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Commandant of the Marine Corps General James Conway, who all told Congress they support the Gates/Mullen process moving forward in the Pentagon. The military leaders joined Army Chief of Staff General George Casey; Secretary of the Army John McHugh; Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley; and Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz, who all said yesterday that they support the Pentagon efforts. Said HRC President Joe Solmonese of today's hearings:

“The testimony given by the service chiefs this week only furthers the belief that whatever orders are handed to them by their superiors, our men and women in uniform will have no trouble carrying out those orders with honor and professionalism. Every shred of evidence shows that on the battlefield, sexual orientation doesn’t matter.  Our country’s top military leaders and the overwhelming majority of the American public and active-duty service members all believe that the most important consideration isn’t whether a patriotic American fighting for our freedom is gay or straight, but whether they have the ability to perform their mission.  The time to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is now.”
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