Congress looks to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Wednesday, Senator Ben Nelson says he'll vote to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell.  It's a major vote to get one step closer to reforming the current law, and allow soldiers to be more open while serving their country.

Currently troops have to keep their sexual orientation a secret…if you go public, you can be dismissed…but Wednesday Senator Ben Nelson gave a big boost to ban this. Millions have served, thousands have given the ultimate sacrifice…but troops who are gay have never been able to serve openly.

That could now change…as a bill to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell is trying to make its way to Congress. It's one of President Obama's promises…and now Senator Ben Nelson says it's a policy that encourages deceit in an organization that values honesty and integrity.

“I don't believe that most Nebraskans want to continue a policy that not only encourages but requires people to be deceptive and to lie. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy does just that,” Senator Nelson said.

Senator Mike Johanns doesn't agree, in a statement he said “I oppose repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell in part because the military is currently fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I think anything that puts more stress on that system is really the wrong course of action,” Sen. Johanns said.

Earlier this year we spoke with a group of soldiers who say we need to get rid of Don't Ask, Don't Tell to keep us safe. “It's a hindrance to national security because its kicked out in 10 years, 13,000 people which is 3.5 combat brigades worth of people,” Stephan Vossler of the Army said.

But some servicemen say the repeal doesn't go far enough….including Iraq war veteran Lt. Dan Choi. “I don't agree we have to accept compromises when there's complete injustice,” Lt. Choi said.

Here's the catch, even if it passes it won't be implemented right away, it'll have to wait until at least December when a Pentagon study is completed figuring out how to implement it in terms of housing, medical, and marriage benefits, as well as reinstating those who have been discharged.