A funny thing happened on the way to the February 2010 Senate Committee hearing. Not so much funny as curious. Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came with his prepared speech printed up for the panel. In part, it read, “allowing homosexuals to serve openly would be the right thing to do.”
But as he read his prepared statement, Admiral Mullen substituted the word “homosexuals,” with “gays and lesbians.” Since the term ‘homosexual’ has been the one of choice for the old guard of the military, some members of the panel were surprised. Others that knew him well saw it as an evolution of his view on the issue.
Even General Colin Powell has supported Admiral Mullen’s statement, saying, “Attitudes and circumstances have changed.”
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