Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, applauded Congress’s action. He and Gates were among the civilian and active-duty military leaders who had rallied for the change.
“It is the right thing to do,” he said in a statement. “No longer will able men and women who want to serve and sacrifice for their country have to sacrifice their integrity to do so. We will be a better military as a result.” – (source)