From NBC's Jim Miklaszewski
While Defense Secretary Robert Gates is still opposed to the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" until after the Defense Department completes a comprehensive review of the implications, he says today he's willing to accept the compromise amendment put forth by the Democrats in Congress.
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell issued the following statement:
Secretary Gates continues to believe that ideally a DoD review should be completed before there is any legislation to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law. With Congress having indicated that is not possible, the secretary can accept the language in the proposed amendment.
While the language indicates Gates bowed to pressure from the White House, Morrell refused to answer any questions from Pentagon reporters.