White House sources tell ABC News that President Obama
will tonight at the State of the Union Address renew his pledge to repeal the "Don't
Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.
The president will say that "this year" he
will work to finally repeal that law.
This is not the same thing, it should be noted, as
pledging to have the law repealed "this year".
ABC News' Polling Director Gary Langer notes that in a July 2008 ABC/Washington Post poll three-quarters of Americans favored permitting military
service by gays regardless of whether they do or do not publicly disclose their
On the fifteenth anniversary of DADT, support for service by gays who do "tell" was up especially
sharply, from 44 percent in 1993 to 75 percent in our ’08 poll.