Don't Ask, Don't Tell
POSTED: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:18am
WASHINGTON-The Pentagon is moving forward with President Obama's promise to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gays in the military.
The decision is really up to Congress, but military officials say if they change the law they'll be ready to make it happen.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is currently looking at ways to keep forces strong if Congress repeals the law.
More than 13,000 gay soldiers have left the military. Gay rights advocates say it's a generational thing and most service members do not have a problem serving alongside gays.
But Republicans say allowing openly gay soldiers on the front lines could threaten security.
"Persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would very likely create an unacceptable risk," Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said.
"At this moment, when we're asking more of our military than at any time in recent history, we should not repeal this law," Senator John McCain of Arizona said.
Either way, the pentagon says they're moving forward.