Republican Congressman Buck McKeon on Thursday said that allowing gay troops to serve openly is a settled issue.

McKeon, who as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee attempted to block repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the law which for 18 years banned gay and bisexual service members from serving openly, said that he would not try to reverse the law even if Mitt Romney won the White House in November and the GOP returned to power in the Senate.

“We fought that fight,” McKeon told reporters, according to the AP. He added that his goal is to “get the things that our warfighters need.”

“That's not something that I would personally bring up,” McKeon said of a bill to reinstate the gay ban.

(Related: Buck McKeon: Military chaplains being “forced” to officiate gay weddings.)

McKeon's remarks come as the Pentagon prepares to hold its first-ever Gay Pride celebration.

Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed legislation repealing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” in December 2010. The policy change took effect last September.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last month that repeal has had no impact on morale, readiness or unit cohesion.