The House of Representatives passed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" path to repeal as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act. You'll recall that lawmakers also defied the threat of a presidential veto by voting to fund a second engine for the controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Over the Memorial Day weekend the President issued a veto threat. And appearing this morning on Fox News Sunday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said it remains a possibility. "As I told the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Defense Subcommittee it would be a serious mistake to believe the President would not veto a bill that has the C-17 or the alternative engine, just because it had other provisions that the President or the Administration wanted."
When asked if he believed the President would veto the bill "even with" DADT repeal, Gates said, "I think so."