Adm. Mike Mullen
Testifying before the Senate today, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that ending the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy would be “the right thing to do.”
Mullen told the Senate’s Armed Services committee gay people should be allowed to serve openly in the nation’s armed forces.
President Obama repeatedly stated his opposition to the policy during his campaign for the White House, and pledged during the State of the Union address last week to repeal the ban within a year.
Mullen stressed he was “speaking for myself and myself only.”
Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared before the same Senate panel, announcing that he would initiate a year-long review of the policy.
“The question before us is not whether the military prepares to make this change, but how we best prepare for it,” Gates said. “We received our orders from the commander-in-chief and we are moving out accordingly.”
“Don’t ask, don’t tell” was passed by Congress in 1993, and permitted gay men and lesbians to serve as long as they kept their sexual orientation secret. “Homosexual conduct,” however, was sufficient grounds for discharge from the military.
Since then, nearly 11,000 troops have been dismissed under the policy.
The Fog Men travel to Redding this Saturday, January 30, to face the Shasta Highlanders. Their last meeting — the Bingham Stein Memorial Match on December 12 — resulted in a 50-5 victory for the Fog.
The game is scheduled for 1pm at Foothill High School. Directions to the pitch are posted below.
This Friday, January 22, join the men and women of Fog Rugby at the LookOut Bar in the Castro to enjoy all the Budweiser beer you can drink from 6pm to 9:30pm for only $10!
Be sure to check out the selection of Fog Rugby T-shirts and hats on sale that night. We’ll also be raffling off exciting prizes throughout the evening.
Come on out, unwind after a hard work-week, and enjoy a beer with the men and women of Fog Rugby.
Place: LookOut Bar (corner of 16th and Market Streets, San Francisco)
Date: Friday, January 22
Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Fog Men will try to capitalize on the momentum of last week’s victory as they face Mendocino Steam Donkeys this Saturday, January 16, on Treasure Island.
Last Saturday the Fog pleased crowds with a narrow 23-21 win over Berkeley in their first game of the 2010 NCRFU league season.
This Saturday’s game schedule is as follows:
Match 1: Berkeley A vs. Aptos - 11:30 am kick-off
Match 2: Fog B vs. Berkeley B/Aptos - 1:00 pm kick-off
Match 3: Fog A vs. Mendocino - 2:30 pm kick-off
Need some inspiration to help you stick to your new year’s resolutions of getting in shape? Start the year off right by coming out to support Fog Rugby in their season opener.
The Fog Men face Berkeley this Saturday, Jan 9, in their first Northern California Rugby Football Union (NCRFU) Division III match of the 2010 season.
The A-side match kicks off at 1pm at the Fog Rugby Pitch, with a B-side match to follow at 2:30pm.