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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

US Joint Chiefs chair urged DADT repeal delay pending review
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On May 30, 2010, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, urged the US Congress to delay passing a legislative amendment to repeal the military's controversial Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy which forbid homosexuals from serving openly in the US military. Mullen stated that although the repeal was inevitable, the completion of a review was necessary in order to prepare for the challenges that would arise from the unavoidable policy shift. The president, secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff all had to indicate their approval of preparations before the repeal took effect in September 2011.

Read a legal overview of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in Features.

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