Let’s be clear: I oppose repeal of the policy and have voted that way in the House. But at a minimum, before the Democratic-controlled Congress launches their latest social policy experiment, we should wait to hear the opinions of our military and their families. That is what the Secretary of Defense and our top military leaders have requested, and we owe it to them to see the process through.

Even in 2008, during Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign, he made a promise to the American military and American people that he would not repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” until the Pentagon had plenty of time to complete a thorough study on the effects the repeal would have on the military from morale to readiness.

The study, which is scheduled to be completed in December 2010 at the earliest, should be the determining factor on whether or not this ban stays in place. Our military personnel deserve only the best. Until the Pentagon completes their study on the possible effects lifting this ban could have on the military, President Obama and the Democratic Leadership in Congress are doing a disservice to those who bravely stand on the front line of our freedom. By acting now, Congress is abdicating its Constitutional role with regard to the military. Worse, it is completely disregarding the opinions of our brave warfighters and families. So why the rush to judgment? Is it that this decision is more about politics than what is best for our troops?