January 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Senate DADT hearing set for next week

The Senate hearing on the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy will take place next week and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will participate, according to her office.

Matt Canter, spokesperson for Gillibrand, said the senator is still working on plans on whether she’ll participate as a witness or in some other capacity.

Details are also still not finalized on where or exactly when the hearing will take place, Canter said.

Although she isn’t a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gillibrand has been a vocal proponent or repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” since she took office last year in the U.S. Senate.

The testimony will mark the first time since 1993 that the Senate has held a hearing devoted to the issue of gays in the military. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates are scheduled to testify.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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