Military seeks stopgaps to deal with gays

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On Monday, Mr. Obama addressed 300 gays and lesbians at the White House, saying he understands their frustration with the lag in fulfilling gay rights campaign promises.

Evan Low, the Campbell, Calif., vice mayor, was in attendance Monday. He said he had been worried Mr. Obama was “backpedaling” on his promises, but welcomed Mr. Gates’ remarks on “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

“We’re all hoping for the best and we’re starting to see some signs,” Mr. Low said.

• Ben Conery contributed to this report.

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Christina Bellantoni

Christina Bellantoni is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times in Washington, D.C., a post she took after covering the 2008 Democratic presidential campaigns. She has been with The Times since 2003, covering state and Congressional politics before moving to national political beat for the 2008 campaign. Bellantoni, a San Jose native, graduated from UC Berkeley with ...

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