Don't Ask' on slow road to repeal?
"Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the military is launching a review of what changes in housing, fraternization and personnel policies would be needed to implement an end to the ban on openly gay service members. He promised a detailed plan 'by the end of the calendar year.'
"'A year is not a reasonable time frame,' said Kevin Cathcart, executive director of gay advocacy group Lambda Legal. 'This may be the first step, but, boy, when they say a year, I get that knot in my stomach. This seems like too little, too slow.'
"Cathcart said the call for a year to devise an implementation plan would be galling to many who thought the administration was working through the practicalities over the past year. 'It's not clear what happened' during that time, he said. 'Part of the problem now is, patience is at an end. The reason why patience is at an end is we're in February 2010, not January 2009.'"