White House eyes a compromise on gays in military - Yahoo! News
We have not had a gays in the military thread in, gosh, days. I am going to surprise some people and say that I think this compromise is a mistake. Give the Pentagon the year to complete their study. I think gays being able to serve openly is the right thing to do, and I think it is inevitable and overdue. However, the decision was made to have the Pentagon do the study, so let them get it done first.AP-5:30 pm EST
A proposal to step up the repeal of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military but still allow the Pentagon time — perhaps even years — to implement new policies was being discussed Monday by administration officials and gay rights activists.
The White House had hoped lawmakers would delay action until Pentagon officials had completed their study so fellow Democrats would not face criticism that they moved too quickly or too far ahead of public opinion in this election year. Instead, administration officials now expect Congress to move ahead this week even though advocates on both sides say it's not clear there are enough votes to lift the 1993 ban.
Under the proposal emerging from talks at the White House, Congress would remove the Clinton-era "don't ask, don't tell" law even as the Pentagon continues an ongoing review of the system. Implementation of policy for gays serving openly would still require the approval of President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen. How long implementation might take was not known.