General Counsel Looking Into ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Gates Says

ABOARD A MILIARY AIRCRAFT--(ENEWSPF)--June 30, 2009 – A day after President Barack Obama reaffirmed his pledge to overturn the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he has Defense Department lawyers exploring ways to make it more flexible until the law is changed.

The law prohibits officials from inquiring into a servicemember’s sexual orientation in the absence of statements or acts that indicate the servicemember is homosexual, but allows the services to take action against servicemembers who disclose their homosexuality by word or action. Gates told reporters traveling . . .

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