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February 21, 2010

Service chiefs' testimony this week may be critical juncture for lifting DADT

Will the heads of the Army, Air Force, and Marines follow the lead of their commander in chief, defense secretary, and joint chiefs chairman on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, or will they feed Congress excuses for not ending the ban?  That question may be answered this week when the service chiefs testify on Capitol Hill, reports Yahoo News: 

President Barack Obama says the policy unfairly punishes patriots who want to serve their country. Defense Secretary Robert Gatesagrees and has begun a yearlong study on how to mitigate the impact of lifting the ban.

Providing much-needed political cover is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, who has said he thinks the law unfairly forces gay troops to compromise their integrity by lying about who they are.

But lawmakers, who are divided on whether to end the ban, say they want to hear from the service chiefs. They are the ones who would be in charge of putting any changes in place and responding to any fallout.

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