December 2nd, 2010
02:30 PM ET

McCain takes shot at 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Now is not the time to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. armed forces, Sen. John McCain said at a hearing Thursday.

"At this time, we should be inherently cautious about making any changes that would affect our military, and what changes we do make should be the product of careful and deliberate consideration," the Arizona Republican said at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

His position is not that the law should never be changed, he said, but that "it may be premature to make such a change at this time and in this manner."

In contrast, Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged that the repeal be signed into law as soon as possible, to avoid the issue being taken up again by the judiciary, where a repeal of the ban could be ordered immediately, rather than on the military's timetable. A judicial fiat would be "hazardous," he added.

"This can be done, and should be done," Gates said of the policy change.

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  1. George

    DADT has been in effect for many years prior to 2001. Anyone critical of the policy should be aware that ANY homosexual acts are punishable under the Uniform Code Of Military Justice. Homosexual (GAY) services members would not be able to practice their stated sexual preferences, as they would still be subject to discharge.

    December 3, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  2. David Dukes

    Don't Ask Don't Tell should be repeal before the end of the year by the US Senate. If they refuse to repeal DADT, then President Obama should have the COURAGE to issue an executive order before the end of the year to repeal it. Senator McCain constantly accused Senator Obama
    of flip flopping during the presidential campaign. Senator McCain????????????
    David Dukes,
    Miami, Florida

    December 3, 2010 at 5:27 am |
  3. myles orsot

    I would like to see AC306 do the real issue of dont aks dont tell. The problems of mental issues ,long term for the gay personand the other severice members. I am an average joe american who served with both and if Mr. Anderson would like to sit and talk somt time i live in the altana area. It is goin to happen but it will take actually 10 yrs. to get use too. You mustovercome predjuci and fera and many other things. this is what the reports do not tell and what the government does not know. It will have great cost on the V.A. system but it is a cost we must bear. iI will tell you what the troops want to say. Thank You


    December 3, 2010 at 4:07 am |
  4. r.admire

    Anderson Copper can't seem to stop talking about gays , it seems on every show.Don't ask don't tell keeps the issue in check.Then you make it open its going to get out of control, just like everything in are country .Gays will start having open relationships on and on and no can tell them no, in the fox holes , any were you can imagine.Lets make this country totally out of control its are right to do so,dive in.I see this country losing balance at a rapid rate.were tearing are foundation apart into a state of kaos.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:43 am |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    Its clear McCain and Republicans do not want to go anywhere near this because of the very powerful and hard core opposition of the religious groups and therefore core Republican voters.
    All they want is to not vote in congress at all and let it go thru the courts where they hope the right leaning court will find a way to validate the DADT law. If not they can say well we fought hard but the Supreme Court is the SCOTUS and awe shucks, thats life!!

    December 3, 2010 at 12:00 am |
  6. Master Sgt Austin

    I would be happy to be the military member to put a face to who these gay people are in the military. Education about are diversity is just as important and any other diversity. Not be acknowledged says that I still a 2nd class citizen. I would love to share my vantage point about being gay and being in the military. I want my voice heard!!

    December 2, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  7. Angel C

    I am a gay man that served in the Marine Corp in the mid 80's. We were just marines, men and women, nothing else.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  8. Todd adams

    With the World collapsing around us why r we worried about slavery reprecations and don't ask don't tell!

    December 2, 2010 at 11:19 pm |