Gates announces results of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ study
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Tuesday the results of the Pentagon’s 10-month study on how to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
“In summary, a strong majority of those who answered the survey, more than two-thirds do not object to gays and lesbians serving openly in uniform,” Gates told reporters.
“The findings suggest that for a large segments of the military, repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ — though potentially disruptive in the short term — would not be the wrenching, traumatic change that many have feared and predicted,” he said.
“The data also shows that within the combat armed specialties and units there is a higher level of discontent — of discomfort and resistance to changing the current policy,” Gates continued.
“With regards to readiness, the working group report concluded that overall and with thorough preparation — and I emphasize thorough preparation — there is a low risk from repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.'”
“Now that we have completed this review, I strongly urge the Senate to pass this legislation and send it to the president for signature before the end of this year,” he added.
This video is from CNN’s Newroom, broadcast Nov. 30, 2010.