Obama urges repeal of ban on open gays in military
By PHILIP ELLIOTT
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Reaching out to a skeptical gay community, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Congress to repeal the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, but he neither made a commitment to suspend the practice in the interim nor issued a deadline.
Obama's reference to the "don't ask, don't tell" practice took only 38 words of his State of the Union address, but he drew criticism from Democratic allies and Republican opponents alike. It also underscored the challenge Obama faces, not just with Congress but also with the Pentagon, where some top officials have been strident in their support for the Clinton-era policy.
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