Joint Chiefs Chairman Blames Congress For DADT

Admiral Mike Mullen’s definitely trumping his Joint Chiefs predecessor Peter Pace. Former Chairman Pace, of course, went out on a low note soon after calling gays “immoral.”

Now, less than a year after taking over as head of the military and saying they’re ready for same-sex soldiers, Mullen’s making more homo headway.

From Servicemembers Legal Defense Network:

Speaking at West Point on Sunday, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told graduating cadets that Congress, and not the military, is responsible for the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law banning openly lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from military service. Admiral Mullen’s answer came in response to a cadet’s question asking what would happen if the next administration were supportive of legislation allowing gays to serve openly.

SLDN executive director Aubrey Sarvis rightfully celebrated the remark: “[They] reflect an attitude shift among the military establishment which has historically discouraged public debate on allowing open lesbian and gay Americans to serve… ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is a federal law. Ultimately repeal must come from the people’s representatives in Congress.”