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Gibbs: Obama Will End DADT

Gibbs: Obama Will End DADT


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs appeared on Meet the Press and vowed that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy will end under President Barack Obama, even as the administration continues to defend the discriminatory policy in court.

On Sunday, host David Gregory asked Gibbs why the president continues to defend the policy despite his declared opposition to it, and Gibbs appealed to the "process" in place for repeal in Congress. Gregory asked what the president plans to do if the Senate, which rejected a repeal provision last month, fails to act again.

"We have a process in place right now to work with the Pentagon for an orderly and disciplined transition from the law that we have now to an era that 'don't ask, don't tell' doesn't exist, and I will say this, David: 'don't ask, don't tell' will end under this president," said Gibbs.

Gibbs dodged a question about whether President Obama believes the law is unconstitutional. He repeated that repeal must end through Congressional action.

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