May 25th, 2010
10:12 AM ET
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Gates issues tepid endorsement of plan to repeal DADT

Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued an endorsement Tuesday of a Democratic plan to repeal the military's ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ policy.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued an endorsement Tuesday of a Democratic plan to repeal the military's ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ policy.

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of Defense Robert Gates issued a lukewarm endorsement Tuesday of a newly unveiled Democratic plan to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

The proposed agreement - reached Monday by the White House and top congressional Democrats - calls for a repeal of the controversial policy to become final after completion of a military review expected by the end of 2010, followed by a review certification from President Barack Obama, Gates and Joint
Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen.

Initial votes on the proposal in the Senate Armed Services Committee and the full House could occur as soon as Thursday, sources have told CNN.

Gates "continues to believe that ideally the [Defense Department] review should be completed before there is any legislation to repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell law," according to a statement by Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell. But "with Congress having indicated that is not possible, the secretary can accept the language in the proposed amendment."

Updated: 1:24 p.m.

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  1. Frank in valparaiso indiana

    DoD works for the President, not the other way around. Its time Obama told them how the world is going to work. DoD didn't want women in combat, remember that? Remember when women were segregated in units and were only allowed to be secretaries? Remember when blacks were allowed only to do graves registration and driving trucks when they absolutely had to? And then they COULD FLY? OR women couldn't be in combat, guess who the best A-10 driver is? A WOMAN. Its about time DoD is told what to do.

    May 25, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Remember the Alamo

    GATES. Who is he?? He does not serve in the military. He is an OBAMA man. Again I say ask the boys/women wearing the uniform. They are the ones who have to do without because of ignorance in the White House. Ask them if they are alright with it then go for it. But not until you poll them. There is enough disharmony over the fact they have an idiot leading them in the White House who will not fund them properly. Then he is out trying to make fools of Americans with our allies.

    May 25, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Wisconsinite

    Am I missing something here? Why do we care whether Gates "endorses" the repel or not?? Isn't his job supposed to be to do what his Commander in Chief TELLS him to do??

    May 25, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Hows that oil slick coming along Rush?

    I dont trust this guy as far as I could throw him,he reminds me of that great republican,Richard Nixon.

    May 25, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. STUPID

    What is wrong with don't ask don't tell...it shouldn't matter. Does a gay person feel like they need to flaunt it? Straight couples are not even allowed to do that on duty. Who cares if your straight or gay! It's your decision, but I DONT CARE. I am respectful in public with affection towards my spouse I expect anyone to behave that way. So get over yourselves! It's not about you! I am grateful to anyone who serves to protect my country, regardless of the preference, but it doesnt matter, that's why dont ask dont tell.

    May 25, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Ken in NC

    While I am of the opinion that the CAC, President Obama, can issue an order ending DADT, he did agree to allow Sec Gates until the end of the year to complet an opinion study in preparation for ending DADT. As such, Congress should not be forcing the issue by passing a repeal now that will not take effect until after the study is completed. To do so, in my opinion is sending the message that regardless as to the out come of the study, DADT will be repealed anyway. I think it should be repealed but I do consider this to be the stupid way to do it. There is no reason for the study if it is going to be repealed anyway and it sends the message to the troops that take part in the study that their opinion is not going to be considered anyway. I think Congress has screwed up again. I do not place the blame for this screw up on the Sec of Defense or the President but on the shoulders of the Congress. The President is the CAC of all the military and issues their orders but it appears that Congress is now attempting to take control of that command structure. That is wrong.

    May 25, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. geecee

    Why is this "gays in the military" such a big deal? The law should simply be, "if any enlisted person commits "inappropriate, illegal, immoral or illicit behavior" (however those terms may be defined) whether male/female, gay/straight" they will be reprimanded accordingly." Period. What more do you need??

    May 25, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |