Obama Considers Lifting Gay Ban in Military

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President Obama has begun making good on a campaign promise to lift the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

The Obama administration this week released a statement about reversing the highly charged "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, but the White House won't say how soon that might happen.

Administration officials say Obama is consulting with his top military advisers "so that this change is done in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security."

The statement was sent in response to legislation re-introduced by Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., that seeks to overturn the current ban.

Click play for more CBN News coverage of this story including comments from Elaine Donnelly of the President Center for Military Readiness.

As the administration explores reversing the policy, one group is already lobbying Obama to fold the repeal into the defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2010. That is expected to be sent to lawmakers in late April.

"I expect this is an option they will be looking at at the White House and the Defense Department," said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. "But I don't know if it is an option that they will exercise."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said she supports repealing the ban and would like to see a group of experts study the issue.

A Military Times poll found that 58 percent of active duty service members support the current law, 14 percent said they would consider leaving the military if homosexuals were allowed to serve openly, and 10 percent said they would not re-enlist.

Sources: Politico, The Associated Press.

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