On Friday, President-elect Obama’s incoming press secretary Robert Gibbs answered public-submitted questions on Change.gov. One of those questions was on whether Obama would repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military. Gibbs replied, “You don’t hear politicians give a one-word answer much. But it’s ‘Yes.’” Watch it:
However, CNN reports that Gibbs today expanded his answer, clarifying that the repeal won’t happen right away:
“There are many challenges facing our nation now and the president-elect is focused first and foremost on jump-starting this economy.
“So not everything will get done in the beginning but he’s committed to following through” with ending the policy against being openly gay in the military.