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Gates: Actual repeal of 'don't ask' months away

By Ed O'Keefe

Defense Secretary Robert Gates reminded military service members on Friday that any potential repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" is still months away.

"We do not expect that the legislation to do this would be presented to the president for months, perhaps not until the end of the year," Gates said in a video message to the troops. And even then, the process could take a few more months, he said.

The secretary told troops that any change in policy would not occur until after the ongoing Pentagon review of how to integrate gay troops.

"Current law, policies and regulations remain in place and we're obligated to abide by them as before," Gates said. His statements echo the warnings issued this week by gay rights organizations concerned that troops might inadvertently come out to fellow service members now that Congress has voted.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Gates decided to make the video to address "a lot of political posturing and maneuvering on this issue this week."

"He wanted to make it clear that the department's review of how to smartly implement a change in the law is more important than ever, and their participation in it is absolutely critical to its success," Morell said.

Indeed Gates urged service members and their families to participate in the study.

"I urge you to stay informed on this process, but do not let the ongoing political debate distract you from what is important: Our critical mission to defend our country and our duty to uphold the values represented by the uniform you wear," Gates said.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 28, 2010; 4:27 PM ET
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tell us...
and this is so important...why...
will the gay vote really make the difference for these dem politicians in getting reelected...
gays also need jobs and security...
so if they get gay marriage and lose the other...
is that enough for them...
is that enough for America...
is it...

Posted by: DwightCollins | May 28, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Homophobia is intolerance which brings no benefit. The intolerant 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' must be repealed and that's what will happen next year. I don't defend discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity but LGBT soldiers need to be careful so that they won't be discharged.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 28, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Every gay or lesbian person currently serving in any US military capacity should stand up and proclaim their identity. Get drummed out of the service then sit back and see just how effective our military is without them. I'm guessing not very.

Posted by: dem4life1 | May 29, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Gates is such a political animal and such a liar.

Posted by: JCM-51 | May 29, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

What a mistake giving gays this right. Gay males have one thing in common with straight males, and that is they are endowed with male aggression. The proof , gays seeking to join the military, gay priests that molest children, and patient zeroism. The straight male would find thousands of sex partners if he could, but the female acts as a counter balance and keeps the rate down. Aggressive gay males encounter other gay males and there is no stopping the sex, which is why patient zero is considered the father of the AIDS plague. MRSA is proof that AIDS didn't teach the gay men a lesson. If gay men were not aggressive then AIDS might have not made it globally, it's all about the growth rate and how gay male promiscuity accelerated the disease to the mainstream. Giving into gay activism is like enabling alcoholics

Posted by: MeBubbleHead | May 29, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Agree with dem4life1, although I've never been able to understand why a sexually diverse population would be so interested in killing brown people. It's like seeing the KKK at a PETA rally.

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 1, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I dont see the need to repeal this Law at all, what happens in your bedroom is private. Does a Marine come into work and say "guess what i did to my wife lastnight" no they dont cause no one whats to hear it! I know because i lived on a base for 12 years. Sex is everywhere in the military the last thing they need is knowing everyone sexual preferences. Gays need to know no one care what they do in the bed room, get off your soap box! Does the rest of the US have to label themselves by what they like in bed?

Posted by: jennybenny1 | June 1, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

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