We blogged a few days ago about the Navy authorizing chaplains to perform gay marriages in military chapels in states where that is legal. The resulting outcry has led to a cancellation of that policy, at least for now: Navy revokes guidance on same-sex marriages – The Washington Post.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, following the lead of his Commander-in-Chief, has come out against the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and is saying gays should serve openly:
The nation’s top military officer said Tuesday that he supported allowing gays to openly serve — adding a powerful voice to the deeply controversial issue as the Pentagon announced steps to prepare for possibly ending its 17-year ban on homosexuality.
Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the military would follow the 1993 law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Nonetheless, he said, his personal views were firm.
“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,” Mullen said.
This follows Defense Secretary Gates’ similar declaration. Other top Pentagon brass are saying the same thing. The issue is under review. A change in policy, though, would require Congressional action. See this. What effect do you think this policy shift would have on our military, if any?