The announcement of congressional hearings on the ban on open military service by homosexuals has been delayed at the request of the Obama administration until after Wednesday night's State of the Union Address because the president may announce that military leaders will support changing the law, according to a key lawmaker.
The Senate Armed Services Committee expects to have a series of hearings, one focusing on the views of military leaders, another on the views of outside witnesses and possibly panels of junior officers and noncommissioned officers, said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., the committee chairman.
Levin said Monday that an announcement of the hearings has been delayed at the request of senior Defense Department officials until after President Obama's speech. Levin said he does not know what Obama might say, but he expects it will be an announcement of the administration's intentions.
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