"SLDN is very disappointed but not entirely surprised by the Secretary's statement that he will not be making the repeal certification before he departs. We are seeing an overabundance of caution by the service chiefs coupled with the Pentagon bureaucracy at work. It's hard to explain, much less justify, why this stage of the process is taking more than six months. Hopefully, Secretary Panetta will bring a new sense of urgency and energy and wrap up certification in a timely way."
-- SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis after Defense Secretary Robert Gates' statement that DADT certification will most likely happen in late July or early August.