Rep. Duncan Hunter plans to introduce a bill next
week that would require all four military service chiefs to sign off on
"don't ask, don't tell" repeal before gay service members could serve openly.
The Hill reports that the California Republican may bring up the legislation as early as Tuesday. Under terms of repeal passed by Congress and signed into law last month, approval is required by President Barack Obama, Defense secretary Robert Gates, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, but not of the service chiefs.
"The chairman technically speaks for the chiefs, but they should be
included in the debate," said a congressional aide quoted in the story. "The chiefs are the ones
carrying the burden of combat on their shoulders."
The legislation would likely not be brought up in the Senate, where repeal passed in December on a 65-31 vote.