There’s been a lot of talk about whether Adm. Mullen’s support of repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ may put Republicans in a tough spot in sustaining their opposition. As mores and attitudes have changed over the last seventeen years, Republicans have increasingly deferred the issue to the nation’s senior officers rather than addressing the issue of anti-gay discrimination directly. Today on MSNBC Orrin Hatch suggested he may now be open to repeal himself.
It definitely wasn’t a full-throated endorsement. He floated the idea that DADT’s repeal might be a prelude to asking for ‘special rights’ for gays in the US military. But the gist of his remarks seemed pretty clear. He was unwilling to say he opposed it.
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