Is the end near for 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'?

President Obama has pledged - in a one line remark - to repeal 17-year-old law that requires gays and lesbians in the US military not to talk about their sexual orientation

Washington -- The president says in his state of the nation speech he will work with Congress and the military to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell", but Democratic allies and Republican opponents alike are criticizing his approach.

"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 said.

Obama's 2008 presidential campaign opponent, Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, said Wednesday night,
"I am immensely proud of, and thankful for, every American who wears the uniform of our country, especially at a time of war, and I believe it would be a mistake to repeal the policy.

The lack of a specific plan or instructions to the military left supporters of repeal discouraged.

"We wish we had heard him speak of concrete steps tonight," said Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "The next time the president speaks about our community, we expect him to provide a concrete blueprint."

Repealing the ban was an Obama campaign promise, and he's reiterated his commitment to it since taking office.
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