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Gates, Mullen Testify On Gays In The Military

February 2, 2010 - by Eric Naing

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint of Chiefs of Staff Chairman Michael Mullen are testifying right now before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the Pentagon’s plan to roll back “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

According to Marc Ambinder, Gates will announce a series of steps building up to the eventual end of the policy.

According to an administration official, the most visible of those steps will be to revise the rule that allows third parties — other soldiers or outside accusers — to “out” soldiers and precipitate investigations that lead to their dismissal. Basically: if someone else outs you, you won’t be dismissed.

President Obama reconfirmed his commitment to work with Congress to end “don’t ask, don’t tell” in his State of the Union address last week – a statement that Sec. Gates, if not the rest of the Joint Chiefs, visibly applauded.

Watch the hearing live on C-SPAN here.

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