"I need to put my lawyer's hat on for a moment -- especially for our clients who are listening" Sarvis said. "Repeal is not yet final."
A statement from the SLDN posted to the group's website today put the message even more starkly.
"Rapidly changing events regarding the legal status of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) may be confusing for service members and recruits," the statement reads. "The bottom line is DADT is still in effect and it is NOT safe to come out."
In an interview with TPM following the vote, Sarvis said that his group will now turn its attention to pressuring the Pentagon to insitute the repeal of DADT as soon as possible. In the past, Defense Secretary Robert Gates -- an advocate of repeal -- has said that the military needs time to wind down the policy, claiming that an immediate repeal would have "enormous consequences."
But Sarvis -- and now Reid -- say it's time to at least end the policy of investigating and discharging suspected gays and lesbians in the military, even while the Pentagon works out how to allow them to serve openly following today's votes.
"During this limbo, interim period, I respectfully call on Secretary Gates to use his existing authority to suspend all investigations and all discharges until the law is [officially] repealed," he said.