Defense Secretary Robert Gates says there has been little progress on repealing the military's ban on gay and lesbian service.

The law, known as “don't ask, don't tell,” prescribes discharge for gay and lesbian service members who do not remain silent about their sexuality or celibate.

Gates made his remarks this morning to Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.

The Obama administration issued a statement last month that it was discussing repeal of the gay ban with top Pentagon brass. White House Spokesman Tommy Vietor said the president has “begun consulting with Secretary Gates and Chairman Mullen so that this change is done in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and national security.”

Wallace asked Gates why there is money in the 2010 budget to enforce “don't ask, don't tell.”

Gates answered that it “continues to be the law.”

“We will follow that law, whatever it is,” Gates said. “That dialog though has really not progressed very far at this point in the administration. I think the president and I feel like we've got a lot on our plates right now and let's push that one down the road a little bit.”