Gates not optimistic for quick repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'
December 6th, 2010
04:33 PM ET
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Gates not optimistic for quick repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

(CNN) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday he was "not particularly optimistic" that Congress would soon repeal the "don't ask, don' tell" policy banning openly gay and lesbian personnel from the military.

During a visit to the USS Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier deployed in the Arabian Gulf, Gates also made clear that even if the Senate approves a measure already passed by the House to end the controversial 1993 policy, it would be some time before the military fully implements a repeal.
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  1. Rick McDaniel

    The longer you drag it out, the more likely the courts are going to mandate it.

    December 6, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Typical republican – says one thing on national tv in senate hearings, and something totally different on a ship somewhere near Bush's "he tried to kill my daddy" war.

    December 6, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Of course not. The GOP wants two things: (1) to drag it out as long as possible through hearings so they get one more chance to either obliterate the repeal or at least to air every single talking point and demogoguery tactic they can at it and (2) to claim credit for it being repealed if they find they can't stop it in the next 2 years...no doubt telling the American public that it was only safe to do it and didn't threaten national security because THEY "took the time and did it right without rushing into it"...you know, like the Secreatry of Defense, the Joint Chiefs, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and a majority of the military personnel surveyed never said it was time do it NOW....NOT 6 MONTHS, NOT 1 YEAR, NOT ___ YEARS FROM NOW AND NOT WITH ADDED CAVEATS AND INSTITUTIONALIZED DISCRIMINATION ALLOWING IT TO BE REINSTITUTED AT A WHIM IF THEY CAN FABRICATE SOME REASON FOR IT.

    Go ahead and try your luck GOPers. My money is on Kennedy siding with the liberals on the Court, so go ahead and force it all the way.

    December 6, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Jason Atchley

    It is amazing to me that this has not already been resolved.

    Jason Atchley

    December 6, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Dino

    I think it makes sense when Secretary Gates says that even if the Senate does repeal the don't ask don't tell law in the waining weeks of this current congress repeal won't happen right away. They need to move slowly and cautiously in order to make it happen with little or no disruption. The study conducted for the past nine months co-headed by General Carter Ham and Mr. Jeh Johnson was very meticulous and through. The Obama Administration deserve credit for making this happen in the right way.

    December 6, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. GonzoinHouston

    At least we're getting closer. Repeal of DADT is long overdue. All the arguments against it are based on hypothetical arguments that have long since been disproven. All the evidence in favor of it are based on experiences and factual evidence. The most compelling argument in favor of repeal is simple. Gays are currently serving, and have been for years. They are known to be gay at the unit level. There are no cases on record of morale or combat capability being downgraded as a result. If gays in the military were so damn awful, there would be evidence by now. But there isn't. End of story.

    December 6, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |