Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday she's eager to move ahead on a repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell," perhaps before the military has finished conducting a study on a possible repeal.
"It would be my preference to go first with legislation," Pelosi told reporters today. "But we'll have to examine and see what the model is for what the review is."
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen testified this week that the ban should be lifted, but said the military needs to undertake a year-long study about the impact of a repeal before any action is taken.
Pelosi emphasized that the study will merely reveal how the repeal would be executed and will not prevent Congress from taking action.
"It's not a question on the review to see if we're going to do it," she said. "It's just a question of how we can protect people as we go forward with the repeal."
A number of Republicans, including Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), have pledged to fight a repeal, arguing it's not appropriate during a time of war.