This morning on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Secretary of Defense Robert Gates why there is “currently money in the 2010 budget” to keep enforcing the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, given President’s Obama’s stated commitment to overturn it. Gates responded by noting that DADT is still “the law” and suggesting that changing that law would not be happening in the near term:
WALLACE: In January, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gave a one word answer, “yes,” when asked if this president is going to end the policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell for gays in the military. Where does that stand and why is there currently money in the 2010 budget to keep enforcing that policy?
GATES: Well, it continues to be the law. And any change in the policy would require a change in the law. We will follow that law whatever it is. That dialog though has really not progressed very far at this point in the administration. I think the President and I feel like we’ve got a lot on our plates right now and let’s push that one down the road a little bit.