08/17/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gates Explains "More Humane" Don't Ask Don't Tell

Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that he was considering a temporary solution that would allow gays to serve in the military until the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is changed by Congress. Gates said he was looking for "a more humane way to comply with the law until the law gets changed." Last night, Gates delivered an address at the Economic Club of Chicago, where he fleshed out his views in greater detail. "This is a difficult challenge for us, and there's no reason to soft-pedal it," Gates said. He went on to explain examples of "humane" applications of the law that he's looking at.

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