Lawmakers Ready To Repeal Dont Ask Dont Tell

07.22.11 | Sarah Harnisch

President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta support the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Panetta says ending the 17 year old prohibition on openly homosexual service will not hurt the military's ability to fight. A survey last year showed two-thirds of enlisted soldiers don't care if the ban is lifted, but combat troops do. They sa it's a distraction and negatively affects cohesion on the battlefield.

The repeal of the ban becomes effective 60 days after certification, which could open the door to openly gay military service as early as the end of September.