Skip to comments.Gates Urges Repeal Of Military's Ban On Gays
Posted on 11/07/2010 5:13:13 PM PST by SkyPilot
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is encouraging Congress to act before year's end to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military. It's a position shared by his boss, the president.
But his new Marine commandant thinks otherwise and the Senate has not yet taken action, setting up yet another hurdle for gay activists who see their window quickly closing. After Tuesday's elections that saw Republicans chip away at Democrats' majority in the Senate and wrest the House from their control, their hopes for ending the 17-year-old law have dimmed.
"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 and we'll just have to see," Gates told reporters traveling with him to Australia this weekend.
Gates said he would prefer Congress act after the Pentagon releases its study of how repeal would be implemented, which is due Dec. 1.
That goal, though, lacks to backing of the Marine Corps commandant at a moment the country is fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"This is not a social thing. This is combat effectiveness," Gen. James Amos said.
That hesitation could be enough to give senators permission not to act, activists fear.
The House has passed legislation repealing "don't ask, don't tell," but it has not yet seen a vote in the full Senate, where Democrats don't have the votes to overcome a Republican filibuster. Democratic leaders says they are trying to reach a deal across the aisle now that Election Day has passed.
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The obvious conclusion here is that Gates plays for the other team. (take that with whichever interpretation you want to)
NO Gates don’t do it!!!!!!
What really worries me is who Hussein is going to put in to bat next.
Who is going to be confirmable and willing to take on Hussein’s withdrawl and abandonment strategery in Afghanistan??
Can we repeal Gates?
Gates is a fool who needs to go. The military is held to a high standard. We need leaders who know the difference between right and wrong.
Before he became Secretary of Defense, he was President of Texas A & M University. Maybe he’s trying to make himself acceptable for another university presidency after he leaves his current job.
This would be a good time for a little mutiny from our troops.
Correct. If they don’t do it now, they probably won’t get it done this term or the next at least unless it’s done through the courts. Once again, Kudos to the Marine Corps.
Why Robert Gates is awful.
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Texas A&M started to stink after the Bush Senior lie-bury was located there ............. or amybe it was stinking before then ....
Class of 19__
Gates is a despicable traitor. He shames the great conservative university where he once was Chancellor (Texas A&M.)
Sec. Robert Gates, You are a suck-wad moron that will always
be remembered as such from this point forward. Your boss will
be gone within a couple years( hopefully sooner ) and so will your fat-a$$. So Suck it up while you can, moron !