In a move that could facilitate a vote on repeal during the lame duck session, the Defense Department has agreed to release its study on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" one day early, reports the Washington Post.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has ordered the report to be released on Nov. 30, one day earlier than planned, "to support Congress's wish to consider repeal before they adjourn," Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Sunday.
The Senate is slated to vote again on a defense policy bill that includes language that would repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy after the Thanksgiving recess. The measure did not advance in September. Several senators asked Gates last week to release the report early so the Senate Armed Services Committee could hold hearings on it before the full Senate votes. Several moderate senators have said they will not decide how to vote until they read the report.
Gates "has instructed his staff, without cutting any corners, to have everything ready a day sooner because he wants to ensure members of the Armed Services Committee are able to read and consider the complex, lengthy report before holding hearings with its authors and the Joint Chiefs of Staff," Morrell said in a statement.
The topline results of the Pentagon Working Group Study have been leaked over the past three weeks. The study will reportedly reveal most servicemembers don't care if openly gay members serve in their ranks and there are ''only isolated incidents of risk.''