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‘We Have in Place a Policy Which Forces Young Men and Women to Lie About Who They Are’

"No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens ... Allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do." —Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning about the planned repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" [Swampland/Time]

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