Gates Will Relax 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Enforcement This Week

05/24/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Spencer Ackerman Spencer Ackerman

When the Pentagon's leadership announced a process to end the military's ban on open gay service before Congress, Defense Secretary Robert Gates played the cautionary role. Gates told senators that he would put together a study group, led by Army Lt. Gen. Carter Ham and Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson, to study the least-disruptive ways to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

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"He will announce changes to the way the current law is being enforced that make it more difficult to begin investigations and kick people out," said a defense source who would not speak for the record ahead of Gates's announcement.

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