On Wednesday the 19th MPFC, joined SLDN in extending our utmost gratitude and unwavering support for Admiral Mike Mullen; for the 43 years of dedicated service and the ability to offer a voice to those previously unable to express themselves under DADT. The effects of his words will be remembered by those unable to speak and those now able to express themselves openly, for generations to come.
‘Mr. Chairman, speaking for myself and myself only, it is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do. No matter how I look at this 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. For me personally, it comes down to integrity – theirs as individuals and ours as an institution. I also believe that the great young men and women of our military can and would accommodate such a change. I never underestimate their ability to adapt.’
-Admiral Mike Mullen before the Senate Committee on Armed Forces