Clock ticks on DADT

The defense department is taking initial steps to lift Don't Ask, Don't Tell, a military policy that bans openly gay and lesbian soldiers from serving.
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen are seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, prior to the of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON — The defense department is taking initial steps to lift Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a military policy that bans openly gay and lesbian soldiers from serving.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were expected Tuesday to discuss how the ban can be repealed without hurting the morale and readiness of the troops.

At the State of the Union Address Wednesday, President Obama vowed to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by the end of the year.

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