Ill. Senate candidates divided on gays in military -

Ill. Senate candidates divided on gays in military

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois' Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate are divided on the urgency of overturning the nation's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays serving in the military.

The Obama administration has promised to end the policy and let gays serve openly, but it has not set a timetable for action.

Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias opposes "don't ask, don't tell" but says he doesn't argue with the Obama administration's decision to delay action.

Three other candidates, however, said they think the policy should be dropped immediately. That was the view of David Hoffman, Cheryle Robinson Jackson and Jacob Meister.

Meanwhile, Republican candidates Mark Kirk and Patrick Hughes support keeping the policy in place.

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