Top Uniformed Officer: Gay Ban Should Be Lifted

The military's top uniformed officer is declaring that gays should be allowed to serve openly in uniform, arguing that it is "the right thing to do."

It was the strongest statement yet from the Pentagon on this volatile issue. Adm. Mike Mullen told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday he is deeply troubled by a policy that forces people to "lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens."

Mullen said he knows many will disagree about abandoning the "don't ask, don't tell" policy and said there are practical obstacles to lifting the 1993 ban. But he said he thinks the military can handle it. Mullen is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and chief military adviser to President Barack Obama.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 5, 2010 at 12:52 PM
    I agree, however, don't ask don't tell. If you want to flame, go to San Francisco, not in the military.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Feb 25, 2010 at 06:27 PM
    If someone is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country, let these brave men and women serve. Put your bigotry behind you. Many gays and lesbians are working amongst you anyway.
  • by To DG929 on Feb 21, 2010 at 04:22 PM
    Dixiegirl929 Location: Tarboro,Feb 19, 2010,11:54 PM>What is it?Opinion,or what does the bible say?I would like to see a scripture in directness that supports your thinking on "women should not serve in the military."Prophetess and Judge of Israel, "I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kadesh.You say women distract men;does it not happen the other way around?We have a Civil military run by carnal men.Do you assume it is blessed and unclean at this time or at any other time.We have adulterers,fornicators,atheist,liars,etc in our military.Also those that believe in other "gods".Where by Biblical standards do you get the facts to based your opinion that gays will make it any more an unclean military force.I do "oppose agreeing to openness!"Then we would have to excuse our other military standards.
  • by To DG on Feb 21, 2010 at 03:52 PM
    I am not sure what religious conviction that you base you view(s) upon.If of the Christian faith,I assume that all men and woman which are not "Born Again Believers" that are serving in the military are unclean.Leviticus most certainly does not refer to ONLY one abomination.Please read chapter 18>Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these "abominations"; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you.>For all these "abominations" have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled Where the word "abominations" is used does not refer to more than one homosexual or to one having multiple acts.If so bestiality would be "confusion" and not an abomination.Sometimes one-liners can deviate from the whole meaning.
  • by anon on Feb 21, 2010 at 02:37 PM
    Dixiegirl929 Location: Tarboro on Feb 19, 2010 at 04:37 PM ...Where do you get homosexuality is the only sin in the bible ? Please respond ?As I am looking ?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 20, 2010 at 06:42 AM
    But you just said that you don't pass judgement on your friends and then stated its not 'right thing for our country' 'gays/lesbians weaken our military' 'god says homosexuality is an abombination' and 'holy spirit cannot dwell in the midst of a military camp if there is uncleaness there' 'chosen lifestyle and does deserve 'minority' status. I am pretty sure you judged homosexuals four times in your post. So maybe YOU didn't really understand what you post. Did your gays friends tell you they 'choose' to be that way? Why would someone choose to be victimized, ridiculed and have the bible card pulled on them? Is it for attention? I just can't figure it out.
  • by Dixiegirl929 Location: Tarboro on Feb 19, 2010 at 08:54 PM
    Derek, YOU obviously did not read my post. I have gay friends and do not judge them. My opinion is that they ALONG with women are a distraction to our uniformed soldiers. If the Bible says it (and it does), then it is not what I think that counts. Maybe you should read Leviticus in the Old Testament. God did not change his mind on anything between chapters or testaments.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2010 at 04:04 PM
    Dixiesgirl, what else do you 'think' you know about what god said? Love thy neighbor..?
  • by Dixiegirl929 Location: Tarboro on Feb 19, 2010 at 01:37 PM
    Gays do not belong in the military or at least in combat positions, neither do women. Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you SHOULD. It's a distraction to the men. My husband was in the military and I know EXACTLY what goes on in the field. I've seen many marriages break up because of infidelity in the field and most of the females come home pregnant or get pregnant to get out of combat duty. Gays/Lesbians weaken our military. I have gay friends and do not pass judgement on their lifestyle but it is not the right thing for our country. No one wants to hear this I know.. but I'm pretty sure God says homosexuality is an abomination, the only sin that is considered an abomination and the Holy Spirit cannot dwell in the midst of a military camp if there is uncleaness there. It is a chosen lifestyle and does not deserve "minority" status. I won't get on that subject for now.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Feb 17, 2010 at 09:39 AM
    How is that different than wasting money chasing something irrelevant?

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