"It never crossed my mind that what I said in my testimony might be a mistake. As an issue of 'integrity,' it was not possible for it to be a mistake... 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."
-- Admiral Michael Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaking to OutServe magazine about his testimony before the Senate Armed Service Committee in February of 2010. Many credit Mullen's strong support for ending DADT - and his framing of the argument - as the final key to repealing the law.