WASHINGTON -- Senior Pentagon leaders are defending repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the military to House Republicans who labeled it as political correctness and social engineering.
Undersecretary of Defense Clifford Stanley says the military is moving deliberately in changing the policy that has been in place since 1993.
Stanley tells a House panel that the military services are currently undergoing training on how to implement the new policy.
But Republicans criticized the repeal Friday. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina said the policy was driven by politics. Rep. Allen West of Florida called it the result of social engineering interest groups.