Defense Secretary Robert Gates Reluctantly Supports Push to Repeal DADT; New Poll Shows 78% of Public in Favor

Defense Secretary Robert Gates grudgingly accepted plans to push forward with a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" this week.

Gates  Said Gates' spokesman Geoff Morrell: “Secretary Gates continues to believe that ideally the DOD review should be completed before there is any legislation to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law. With Congress having indicated that is not possible, the Secretary can accept the language in the proposed amendment."

Dadt  A new CNN opinion poll shows that 78% of the American public feels that gays should be allowed to serve openly in the military:

"A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that 78 percent of the public supports allowing openly gay people to serve in the military, with one in five opposed.

'Support is widespread, even among Republicans. Nearly six in ten Republicans favor allowing openly gay individuals to serve in the military,' says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. 'There is a gender gap, with 85 percent of women and 71 percent of men favoring the change, but support remains high among both groups.' The poll's release comes just hours after Congressional Democrats reached an agreement Monday with the White House and possibly the Pentagon on a key legislative step toward repealing the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy that bars openly gay soldiers from the military."


  1. says

    It’s not a matter of “allowing” gays to serve openly in the military…’s a matter of abolishing discriminatory rules or practices in the workplace, based on bigotry, racism, religion etc……you patronizing bastards.

    It’s important that the correction of this breach of human and civil rights comes with an apology and compensation for loss of earnings and loss of career prospects of those who were dismissed on the grounds of such discriminatory bigoted practices.

    It’s pay back time.

  2. says

    Gates has WON EVERYTHING he wanted and still THIS is the statement released by his shill Geoff Morrell today???

    “Secretary Gates CONTINUES to believe that ideally the DOD review should be completed before there is ANY legislation ….”

    Now, why, boys and girls, would he still be saying that? Could it be that he was counting on being able to say in December: “Well, we spent nearly $5 million taxpayer dollars asking, just like you said we could, Jethro and Mrs. Jethro and their tater tots what they thought and most of them said, DO NOT STOP KICKIN’ OUT THE FAGS NO TIME NO WAY!”

    And speaking of Geoff Morrell, he had a rough couple of days a year ago last week when first he told the truth …”NOTHING’s happening re getting ready for repeal”…then was forced to say two days later, “Oooops, stuff’s happening.” But the most memorable thing he said was:

    “I can tell you, the Secretary has not asked his service chiefs, his service secretaries, his combatant commanders — anything of that sort — to sort of start to do, you know, polling on that matter. I DON’T THINK THIS IS A QUESTION OF POLLING ANYWAY. I MEAN, THIS IS A QUESTION OF WHERE THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO LEAD THE COUNTRY ON THIS ISSUE, AND IT’LL BE A DETERMINATION MADE BY HIM AS TO IF AND WHEN HE WISHES TO PURSUE THIS MATTER WITH THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS.” – May 21, 2009.

  3. says

    Anthony don’t be petulant. Those who have made thoughtful comments that were critical of HRC and its record over the past few years have done so with reasonable justification. DADT is not over, and won’t be ended even with this news. If HRC can’t get definitive repeal of something that 78% of Americans are against, then they deserve criticism.

    And we haven’t even started talking about DOMA, ENDA, or the Uniting American Families act.

    Your attempt at Schadenfreude is a titch premature.

  4. Robert Rhea says

    A lot of comparison has been made to the struggle of African Americans being integrated. Integration was codified by executive order under Truman. True integration and acceptance, however, didn’t occur until the Korean War. The Military made all of the same arguments that we hear now, about cohesion and effectiveness. It wasn’t until the cost of segregation made it too expensive to bear. Once troops were integrated the military found that effectiveness actually increased in the integrated units.

    What are we to conclude? The military won’t accept this until they are FORCED to. In the case of Truman’s executive order, it was economics. This compromise removes that possibility in the case of DADT. It leaves the timetable up to them. It removes the pressure on the political machine only. It allows the military to claim, with no objective criteria, that readiness, unit cohesion, etc are negatively impacted. It provides no oversight or review. It provides no timetable. It provides no remedy if no action is taken.

    In short, it provides nothing.

  5. FunMe says

    78% of Americans support the repeal of DADT.

    What more do they need to understand?

    We had a “compromise” already in 1992. It’s freaking 2010 already. Repeal the damn thing!

    Or else, be booted out of OUR government!

  6. walter says

    if gates finds it so hard to follow orders he should resign as sec of defense and run for congress. he is nothing but an obstructor of moving foward.he is one of the bush old boys club that should move on with his old has to be repeal and not a lot of mumble jumble washington speak.this appears to be an attempt by the obama administration to quell discontent with it by the LGBT community and continue the money pipeline and blind voting for the dems

  7. Craig says

    Then get on with it. Why in heaven’s name do we have to pander to 22% homophobic nut cases. I’m sick of this – as a taxpayer, as a citizen, as a gay man, and as a father of a gay veteran. For God’s sake, stand up and do something right, Congress.

  8. taodon says

    I don’t understand how talking about maybe possibly getting rid of the ban can equal just getting rid of it. Right now, it’s just lip service and nothing more than that. So, I’m not seeing what everyone is getting so excited about. We’ve been done this road before, and once again, HRC isn’t insisting that it just end – only that the Administration now openly TALK about it maybe ending at some time in the future, but not too soon before the midterm elections.

    That’s not progress – that’s pandering.

  9. says

    Of course he is reluctantly supporting it, he was part of the Bush Admininstration and is a right-winger. He wanted to wait until after the November elections, hoping the Republican’s got control and repeal of DADT would be blocked by the Republican’s.

  10. Bill Perdue says

    Nothing is passed. Nothing is decided.

    Bill Clintons DADT is not repealed and the only chance we have for repeal rests on continuing mass marches and direct actions.

    DADT is being ‘studied’.

    The only studies we need are these;

    First is when and where to convene an International War Crimes Tribunal to investigate genocide in Iraq and mass murder in Palestine, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Secondly, we should poll the soldiers and ask their opinion about immediate and permanent withdrawal from US colonies and the 750-1,000 US bases that dot the world.