During his state of the union speech on Wednesday night, President Obama promised to repeal the controversial "don’t ask, don’t tell" law that bans gay members from living open lives while serving in the military. During his presidential campaign, President Obama promised to repeal the law, but had somewhat softened his stance in recent months.
Recent polls indicate that a majority of Americans oppose the law. Since the law was passed in 1993, over 13,000 gay and lesbian service members have been driven out using the law as justification. Since Obama was sworn in, approximately 644 people have been driven out.
There is currently a bill pending in the House, called the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, that would undo the 1993 law if passed.
Ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ | The New York Times