On Top Magazine reports that Robert Gates, speaking on Fox News, warned on Thursday that “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” remains in effect.
The new law's language requires that the president and top Pentagon officials – Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – certify that the military is prepared for repeal. That condition was added in an effort to shore up Republican support for the bill.
“Service members who alter their personal conduct during this period may face adverse consequences,” he added.
Gates also said that troops who opposed the new policy will not be allowed to leave the military before their commitment is up.
Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), called on Gates to suspend all investigations during the interim period.