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Watch: Robert Gibbs Says Pentagon DADT Report Will Strengthen Case for Repeal


Jonathan Hopkins, a spokesman for the gay military group Outserve, spoke with MSNBC's Tamron Hall this afternoon about the pending release of the Pentagon report on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The report is scheduled for release tomorrow.

Gibbs White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs also spoke about the report at a press briefing today, after the Washington Blade's Chris Johnson asked him if the President had seen it.

Said Gibbs: "I think the President strongly believed that this was an issue that can and should be solved legislatively, encourage the Senate to act legislatively on the Defense Authorization bill and particularly on changing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. That’s our position now and I don’t believe the release of the report will do anything but strengthen that case."

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, a Pew survey was released today showing an overwhelming majority of the American public (58%) continues to support repeal:

"Large majorities of Democrats (70%) and independents (62%) favor allowing gays to serve openly. Republicans are divided (40% favor, 44% oppose). Among conservative Republicans, far more oppose than favor allowing gays to serve openly (52% to 28%)."

More numbers here.

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  1. "Yes" and "No" seem to be utterly impossible words for this bullshit artist to say. The reporter asked if Obama had seen the report, and Gibbs proves again that he can't provide a simple answer to a simple question.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Nov 29, 2010 6:22:12 PM

  2. We will never forget that the Republicans consistently were opposed to gay rights, whether Tea Partiers or just regular bigoted conservatives

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 29, 2010 6:44:45 PM

  3. Republicans are the enemy

    Posted by: IndyTown | Nov 29, 2010 9:33:59 PM

  4. Nice job, Jonathan!

    Posted by: Bastian | Nov 30, 2010 12:08:42 AM

  5. Let's keep in mind that DADT would not be in force today, except for Obama's decision to appeal the ruling that found it unconstitutional, even though he was under no obligation to appeal it (or even defend it in the first place).

    Clinton's DADT today is now Obama's DADT, and he will wear it.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 30, 2010 12:36:06 AM

  6. I don't consider 58% an "overwhelming majority," but I thought other polls had found higher support, like around 70%. Whatever the case, the views of citizens---including soldiers---are pretty irrelevant when it comes to civil rights.

    Soldiers were strongly opposed to integrating blacks (even if they were housed and ate separately from whites), considered Jews suspect (a 1948 survey found that most soldiers thought Jews had benefited greatly from WW II and didn't suffer much from Hitler), and opposed the admission of women (who remain blocked from many combat roles).

    What's needed here is leadership and commitment. The next few weeks are pretty much the last chance for repeal for at least two years and possibly many more; if it doesn't happen before the GOP takes over the House, it won't happen. If Obama loses the next election and signs an executive order before leaving office (a big if), the next (Republican) president will likely overturn it.

    Wish the Dems luck on being effective on a gay rights issue.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 30, 2010 2:07:17 AM

  7. if America does not uphold what is right, it is lost. Gay Americans who are unwelcome in their own country for no good reason ought to support other countries instead. Let's hope America will fight for liberty and justice for all rather than just for some.

    Posted by: JJ | Nov 30, 2010 2:16:20 AM

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