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Obama Pledges to Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Obama Pledges to Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

In his State of the Union address President Obama vowed to work toward repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. Obama has yet to set a deadline, although in Wednesday's speech, he called on Congress to change the law in its current session. Watch Obama's speech here...

In his State of the Union address President Obama vowed to work toward repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.

Obama has yet to set a deadline, although in Wednesday's speech, he called on Congress to change the law in its current session, reports the Washington Examiner.

"This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are," Obama told Congress, without setting a date for the repeal once again.

While Obama wants Congress to act, some experts believe he has the power to undo the ban on his own. The frustration in the gay and lesbian community is mounting as pressures face the Obama administration to make a move.

The "Don't ask, don't tell" policy became law in 1993 through an executive order signed by President Bill Clinton, who had promised to lift the ban entirely during his campaign.

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