Admiral’s Opposition to Gay Policy Was Years in the Making

by Elisabeth Bumiller | New York Times

As Adm. Mike Mullen had written it, he would tell the Senate committee that “allowing homosexuals to serve openly would be the right thing to do.”

But moments before he surprised even his close friends on Tuesday by voicing his opinion as he called for the end of the 16-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, Admiral Mullen changed “homosexuals,” the word often used by older members of the military, to “gays and lesbians” — opting for a less clinical phrase in what is now the most talked-about sentence of his career.

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