Groups opposed to repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” are praising language added in the Republican Party's 2012 platform.

The platform, which still needs to be ratified by Republicans meeting in Tampa next week, outlines many of the party's official positions.

Unlike the 2008 document, which blatantly stated that military service is “incompatible” with homosexuality, the proposed platform instead gives a nod to opponents with more subtle language.

It states that Republicans “reject the use of the military as a platform for social experimentation” and support “an objective and open-minded review of the current Administration's management of military personnel policies and will correct problems with appropriate administrative, legal or legislative action.”

Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness, which believes gay people should be ineligible to serve in the military, praised the language.

“It will be important for the next Commander-in-Chief to give permission to all personnel – especially close combat troops whose views were ignored by the Obama Administration – to candidly report on the true consequences of imposing LGBT law and related policies on our military,” she said in a statement.

Aubrey Sarvis, the outgoing executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Fund (SLDN), told BuzzFeed: “Our nation's senior military leaders, Congress, and the American people have spoken on the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and moved on. Maybe in time the GOP platform committee will come around too, rather than suggesting the repeal policy may be revisited by a Romney administration.”

The platform also states that a Republican president would “protect religious independence of military chaplains and people of faith.”