Pelosi key to 'don't ask' deal

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May 26, 2010


"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a clear message on the White House's plan to change the military's 'don’t ask, don't tell' policy: Don't wait.

"...'I think it's a fairly elegant solution,' said Kevin Cathcart of Lambda Legal. 'It looks like it could pass, which I was not so sure about with the broader, original repeal.'

"He said the reaction from gay rights activists 'depends on if they have any faith in the president and Pentagon' on the matter. 'It would clearly be better if the policy would be repealed, effective yesterday,' he said. 'But I want a finish line I can see that's going to change things and enable gay people to serve, and I think this compromise will do that. I think getting Congress out is really a critical step.'"