President Barack Obama's promises to allow gay and lesbians serve openly in the military don't go far enough, one Democratic lawmaker complained Thursday.
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), a leading advocate of overturning the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, said the president needs to be more specific in when and how he would rescind the policy.
“I am pleased that President Obama has called for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell this year, but his words have left me with more questions than answers," Hastings said in a statement. "We have heard his promises to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell reiterated time and again, but not exactly when or how he plans to achieve this."
The Florida Democrat has introduced legislation to get rid of the policy, which he said he hoped to move forward this year.
Obama signaled reform might come in 2010 during his State of the Union address on Wednesday evening.
"This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are," he said.
Hastings said Congress must move as quickly as possible.
“It is important to note that time is of the essence," he said.