President Obama has agreed to a compromise between lawmakers and the Defense Department that will help pave the way for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the military's 17-year-old ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the armed forces.
On Monday, gay advocacy groups met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and at the White House to hammer out details of a compromise, and later on Monday the White House announced that Obama supports the deal. As the Gaggle reported earlier Monday, the compromise includes a provision that implementation would not begin until the Pentagon has completed its study into the effects of the repeal that is due to be completed in December.
In a letter to lawmakers, White House budget director Peter Orszag wrote, "Such an approach recognizes the critical need to allow our military and their families the full opportunity to inform and shape the implementation process through a thorough understanding of their concerns, insights, and suggestions." Key votes on the repeal, which would be included as an amendment in the Defense Authorization Bill, are expected in both the House and Senate later this week.