Top U.S. military officials on Tuesday echoed President Obama’s call for a repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, telling a Senate panel that they were preparing for an eventual undoing of the rule that prohibits gays from serving openly in the armed forces.
“No matter how I look at the issue,” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Armed Services Committee. “I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.”
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has cautioned in the past against repealing the policy too quickly, that he appointed two advisers to begin a yearlong review of steps the military must take to integrate openly gay service members.