Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared on ABC’s “This Week” yesterday and called for Congress to pass a repeal of the military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy during the current lame-duck session.
Also announced yesterday was an early release of the Pentagon’s report on a study of the policy. The report will be issued on Nov. 30, instead of Dec. 1, according to ABC.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he planned to reintroduce the 2011 defense authorization bill that would include repeal language for DADT. Both President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have called for the policy to be repealed before the next session of Congress.
Adm. Mullen: Congress should repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ this session
“I won’t speak to what the draft report says,” Mullen said Sunday. “We’ll have this report done here in to Secretary Gates in the next couple of weeks. I won’t make any comments on where I think we need to go until that report is done.”
“From my personal perspective, absolutely,” Mullen answered when asked if he supported repeal. “It belies us as an institution. We value integrity as an institution, and then asking individuals to come in and lie about who they are everyday goes counter to who we are as an institution.”