A reminder of what this is really about. But this was not exactly a ringing endorsement:

"Secretary Gates continues to believe that ideally the DOD review should be completed before there is any legislation to repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell law," Defense spokesman Geoff Morell said in a statement. "With Congress having indicated that is not possible, the secretary can accept the language in the proposed amendment."

I hope they have the votes. Will Susan Collins be the only Republican voting for this?

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