WASHINGTON - The road to lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military starts in Washington today. Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to announce a yearlong review aimed at answering practical and emotional questions about the effect of lifting the ban.
Gates will testify before a Senate committee alongside Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It's the first in-depth look of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military.
In the meantime, Gates has promised to try to spare more troops from being dismissed.