Robert Gates: Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Now, Before GOP Takes Control Of Congress

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    Nov 07, 2010 9:33 PM GMT
    "MELBOURNE, Australia — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Congress should act quickly, before new members take their seats, to repeal the military's ban on gays serving openly in the military.

    He, however, did not sound optimistic that the current Congress would use a brief postelection session to get rid of the law known as "don't ask, don't tell."

    "I would like to see the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" but I'm not sure what the prospects for that are," Gates said Saturday, as he traveled to defense and diplomatic meetings in Australia.

    Unless the lame-duck Congress acts, the repeal effort is considered dead for now.

    The current, Democratic-controlled Congress has not acted to lift the ban, which President Barack Obama promised to eliminate. In his postelection news conference Wednesday, Obama said there would be time to repeal the ban in December or early January, after the military completes a study of the effects of repeal on the front lines and at home. ... "

    It wont happen! Just wait and see. Obama will express his regrets that he couldnt get it done on his watch as he promised. BUT THAT WONT MAKE A FUCKING BIT OF DIFFERENCE, NOW WILL IT?

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    Nov 07, 2010 9:41 PM GMT
    The Repubs in the Senate will simply block it with procedural measures. Harry Reid knows this, why he hasn't wasted legislative time fighting losing battles, when there was other important work to be done.

    A fact that less sophisticated & informed guys here don't understand about the US legislative process. I don't like it myself, but it is what it is.