President Obama today acknowledged that time remains to “potentially” repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” during the upcoming lame duck session of Congress.
Answering a reporter’s question during his nationally televised news conference, Obama reiterated his support for repeal and noted that, “an overwhelming majority of Americans feel the same way.”
He referenced the Pentagon Working Group study of repeal that is due Dec. 1 that will reveal results of surveys taken of service members and their families regarding their views of the law.
“I will look at it very carefully,” Obama said. “That will give us time to act, potentially during the lame duck session, to change this policy.”
He also referenced the Log Cabin Republicans’ lawsuit challenging the law.
“Something that would be very disruptive to good order and discipline and unit cohesion is if we’ve got this issue bouncing around in the courts … where the Pentagon and chain of command doesn’t know what rules they’re working under. We need to provide certainty.”
He concluded his remarks on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by saying repeal should not be “a partisan issue.”