Secretary Gates Urges Congress To Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell : The Two-Way The Defense secretary says he would like the ban on gays in the military to be lifted during the coming lamed duck session of congress. But he, and other observers, don't think it's likely to happen.

Secretary Gates Urges Congress To Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at a ministerial meeting in Australia today. Andrew Brownbill/AP hide caption

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he is in favor of congress repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell in their lame duck session during the coming weeks. "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," he told reporters while traveling to Australia for meetings over the weekend. If the measure doesn't get repealed by the current congress, the odds that it will pass a more Republican legislature next year are dim.

But it doesn't look likely congress will act. From the WSJ:

Tommy Sears, executive director of the Center for Military Readiness, which opposes a repeal, rated the chance of action "extremely low." Richard Socarides, an activist and former adviser on gay rights to President Bill Clinton, said it was "extremely unrealistic'' that Congress would take it up this year.

The Journal also reports that when Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about it he said it looked like Republicans would block action.