Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Wednesday that ending the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy could have "enormous consequences" for U.S. troops.
His comments came a day after a federal judge ordered the Pentagon to cease its policy barring gays from openly serving in the military.
Gates said Congress should decide the issue only after the Pentagon has completed its study of how the policy impacts troop morale and national security.
"I feel strongly this is an action that needs to be taken by the Congress and that it is an action that requires careful preparation, and a lot of training," he said.
Click play for more reaction to the recent 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ruling with CBN News Military Reporter Chuck Holton and Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America.
Gates has supported lifting the ban, but said before any changes are made, regulations will need revisions and changes may be necessary to Veterans Benefits and Defense Department buildings.
The Obama administration has 60 days to appeal the injunction issued Tuesday.
If the government's attorneys do nothing, the 17-year-old policy will be overturned.
CBN News Military Reporter Chuck Holton recently returned from Afghanistan, where he spent time embedded with U.S. troops. He said the majority of those serving that he encountered want the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy to stay in place.