Gibbs repeats intention to end gay ban

Oct. 17, 2010 at 1:22 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- President Obama's spokesman said Sunday the administration still wants to end the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, despite supporting it in court.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press," said, "'don't ask, don't tell' will end under this president. The courts have decided, the Legislature has -- is beginning to decide and the president is firmly in the place of removing 'don't ask, don't tell.'"

Asked by host David Gregory whether Obama believes the policy against gays and lesbians serving openly in the armed forces is unconstitutional, as a federal judge declared recently, Gibbs said, "He thinks it's discriminatory and unjust, and most of all, it harms our national security."

Gibbs said the administration prefers to overturn the policy by congressional vote. "The most durable solution is to repeal that law," he said.

"The president asked the House to do that, and they did. … I think there's enough votes to do it in the Senate. But again we have to get through Republican filibuster."

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