President Barack Obama
has started consulting with advisers as to how the federal
government may overturn the ban on service by openly gay
people in the military.
officials will not reveal how it may happen
or how soon
, but some Democrats have suggested that a team of experts may
be commissioned to investigate a proper reversal of the policy,
according to the Associated Press.
Obama has been
consulting with Defense secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs
of Staff chairman Michael Mullen "so that this change is
done in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and
our national security," Tommy Vietor, a White House
spokesman, said in an e-mail this week.
The reversal of the law
is part of a campaign promise made by Obama.
congresswoman Ellen Tauscher reintroduced legislation to repeal
the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, signed
into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Tauscher's bill
garnered 143 cosponsors when it was introduced in 2008, but it
never reached a floor vote.
Tauscher mentioned at
an event Monday for the Center for American Progress Action
Fund that 26 other countries, mostly allies like the United
Kingdom and Germany, no longer have such bans on the
books. She also said that if Colin Powell, who was once the
"physical embodiment" of opposition to openly gay
service members, could change his mind now, it's time to
make a change.
percent of the American people believe that this is the wrong
policy," she said, adding that "we have a lot of
people behind us."