Honorable is the word to describe Admiral Mullen. It was not the easy path or necessary for him to give his personal views on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." It will not make him popular with many of the military brass and retired military brass. But he was right. And he stood up for what was right.
Here is what he said.
"It is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do. No matter how I look at this issue, I can not escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy that forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me, personally, it comes down to integrity - theirs as individuals and ours as an institution."