Barack Obama tells a gay magazine that as president, he wouldn't require his Joint Chiefs of Staff to support a policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military.
He tells The Advocate that he wants to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy enacted by the Clinton administration. He says that the Joint Chiefs' priority would be keeping the country safe.
Obama says the military now recognizes that it's counterproductive to spend resources on drumming gays out of the services while those who are kicked out have valuable skills.
But he says he "would never make this a litmus test for the Joint Chiefs of Staff."
On other gay issues, Obama says he could sign legislation banning workplace discrimination against gays, and ensure that same-sex couples in civil unions get federal benefits.