'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Gone in 2010: Frank

Repeal will be part of next year's defense authorization bill
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2009 2:13 PM CST
Protester supporting legislative efforts to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding gay soldiers.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A provision repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy will be included in the 2010 defense authorization bill, Rep. Barney Frank says. The authorization would see debate and a vote in spring and summer, and go into effect in October. “'Don’t ask, don’t tell' was always going to be part of the military authorization,” Frank tells the Advocate. “The administration is totally committed.”

Frank noted that earlier this year, defense chief Robert Gates implied that repeal of the measure was uncertain. “There was a point where Gates said, ‘If we repeal don’t ask, don’t tell,’ and the next day he said, 'When we repeal don’t ask, don’t tell,’” said Frank. “That’s because Rahm called him up. The White House has been consistently committed.”