February 1st, 2010
02:29 PM ET
13 years ago

Sources: Joint Chiefs set to review 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/01/art.mullen.1215.gi.jpg caption="Adm. Mike Mullen will meet with other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Monday to discuss President Obama's plan to repeal the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy."]Washington (CNN) - Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen will meet with other members of the Joint Chiefs Monday to discuss President Barack's Obama's plan to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gay and lesbian service members, according to two U.S. military officials.

The closed door meeting is considered exceptionally sensitive, the sources say, because the chiefs - each of whom heads a military service - are said to be concerned that changing the law would be too disruptive on military forces.

The policy, which has been in effect since 1993, prohibits openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. armed forces. The policy bans military recruiters or authorities from asking about an individual's sexual orientation, but also prohibits a service member from revealing that he or she is gay.

Obama announced his intention to repeal the policy during last week's State of the Union address.

"This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are," he said.

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  1. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Idiotic.... under fire in a trench somewhere I'm sure GAY is going to be a concern.

    The US military is moronic.

    February 1, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Hud

    So, Let's make 99% of the Armed Forces uncomfortable around their fellow service men, on behalf of the 1% that this will affect!!!

    Sounds like every other policy the Oh-Bama administration thinks up!

    February 1, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    My grandmother, who died in 1996 at the age of 90, worked in the Bremerton, Washington shipyards during WWII. She survived the Great Depression and was one of the strongest people I've ever known.

    I remember talking to her in 1994 (when she was 88 years old) about gays serving in the military, and her response was, "If they want to serve their country, we should let them."

    My grandmother was not a "Liberal;" she was just a person who had lived through very trying times and knew that what counted when it came to defending our country was character. A person's sexuality was a private affair, and as long as a gay person followed the other codes of military conduct (not fraternizing with superiors, etc.), she absolutely didn't have a problem with gays serving.

    I agree whole-heartedly with my Grandma – repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" now!

    February 1, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Death Assurance Companies

    A closed door meeting?I wonder how many Generals are gay?Half the Roman Army was gay and still won wars,Rome fell on its own sword,their politicans remind me of the two party system we now have.

    February 1, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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