Monday, December 6, 2010
As oral arguments are heard today in California on repealing Proposition 8, on the other side of the world, Defense Secretary Robert Gates predicted “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will be around for the foreseeable future.
Gates addressed the issue aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea telling sailors he isn’t “particularly optimistic” that the Congress would overturn the policy soon, even though he wishes it would.
Senate Democrats want to vote this month to overturn the 1993 law, which bans gays from serving openly but, Republicans have blocked the repeal, preferring to deal instead with tax cuts and spending.
President Obama has remained characteristically passive-aggressive leadership on the issue which is the same as issuing a paper-thin call for Congress to repeal the ban.
Gates, on the otherhand said he is concerned that Congress will drag its feet too long and federal courts will intervene.