(WASHINGTON, DC) As the one-year anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” approaches on September 20, 2012, OutServe Magazine is realeasing its "Anniversary of Repeal" September/October 2012 issue. OutServe Magazine pays tribute to one of the forces behind the repeal, publishing an exclusive interview with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen. Mullen will appear at a repeal celebration in New York City hosted by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), OutServe, and The Interbank Roundtable Committee on Tuesday, September 18 to mark the occasion.
“The information gathering that took place prior to the law actually changing re-enforced my belief that this was not going to have a significant impact on readiness or morale. These concerns were especially critical, as we were then still in the middle of two wars. I did feel strongly that we needed time to gather the information to understand the breadth and depth of the issues in order to properly implement the changes associated with the repeal of the law when that took place," Mullen says of repeal in the interview, which took place last week.
The interview also covers how his early career experiences helped shape his future as Chairman, and how his study of the impact that open LGB service would have on the Armed Forces helped redefine the debate surrounding the implementation of the repeal of the discriminatory law.
“Many were taken back by the 're-framing' of the terms of reference of the debate, which my testimony fundamentally did. No longer was it about sexual orientation. It was about our most important value in the military: integrity,” he said.
Click here to read the interview.