White House and Congressional officials met Monday in a carefully orchestrated effort to discuss a possible repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in advance of a House vote on the issue this week.
Separately, a dozen retired military leaders wrote to Congress and the White House saying that the time had come to overturn the ‘’discriminatory and misguided’’ policy, which bars gay men and women from serving openly in the Armed Forces.
White House and Pentagon officials would say little about the meetings, which included representatives of gay rights organizations. The groups have been pressing President Obama to live up to his pledge to repeal the policy, and are especially eager to see Congress do so before this year’s midterm elections, when Democrats are expected to lose seats.
“Given that Congress insists on addressing the issue this week, we are trying to gain a better understanding of the legislative proposals they will be considering,’’ said Geoff Morrell, a spokesman for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.