Defense Secretary Robert Gates (REUTERS/Luong Thai Linh)

Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants a lame duck session of Congress to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military before new, more anti-gay members are sworn in.

But he isn’t holding his breath waiting for that to happen.

On a trip to Australia for a series of defense and diplomatic confabs, Gates said: “I would like to see the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” but I’m not sure what the prospects for that are.”

He, however, did not sound optimistic that the current Congress would use a brief postelection session to get rid of the law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Gates realizes that if the current Congress, with a liberal majority, doesn’t make the move, the new, more-conservative, one won’t eliminate the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban.

Removing the ban was a campaign promise by President Barack Obama but remains a broken promise and many gays feel Obama lied about his commitment to repealing the ban.

“Obama sold out the gay community, just like he sold out so many other Americans who once believed in him,” Sasha Morgan, a lesbian activist, told Capitol Hill Blue.

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