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Army general admonished for advocating for gay ban

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The military's top uniformed officer has publicly admonished a three-star Army general for urging troops to speak out against allowing gays to serve openly.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, who heads Army forces for U.S. Pacific Command, was wrong to call on troops and their families to fight a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Mullen said if uniformed officers disagree with President Barack Obama's call for a repeal, the answer for them is "to vote with your feet."

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