Friday, April 30, 2010

Gates wants to create a Plan before DADT is repealed UPDATED

Today, Robert Gates told congress not to repeal DADT until a clear plan is made.

Defense secretary Robert Gates is directing Congress not to change the "don't ask, don't tell" policy until a clear repeal plan is devised.

In a letter obtained by the Associated Press, Gates told members of a House committee that forcing policy changes on the military "would send a very damaging message to our men and women in uniform that in essence their views, concerns, and perspectives do not matter."

Gates has expressed his support for repealing the ban as long as a plan is created to invite and employ openly gay and lesbian service members.

I agree that a clear plan must be implemented to insure the safety and progress of our gay and lesbian soldiers. I hope folks will understand that, because at the end of the day, it's really about our soldiers and their safety.

UPDATE: The White House supports Gates' statement. Wants to repeal, but also wants to complete the study.


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