The leak of a letter written by Defense Secretary Robert Gates triggered a flurry of news releases late Friday from "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal advocates, the White House and Capitol Hill. In the letter, Gates, answering a question sent by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., warned Congress not to tamper with existing law while the Pentagon carried out its study of how a repeal would be implemented. A White House statement backed Gates' response, but repeal advocates rejected the reasoning, reminding President Barack Obama of his commitment to repeal the law this year.

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