A Republican senator on Sunday played down the chances that the ban on gays serving openly in the military would be lifted during the lame-duck session of Congress that resumes this week.
While the House has already voted to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he didn't see the effort to end the ban as having enough Republican supporters in the Senate.
"I think in a lame-duck setting, 'don't ask, don't tell' is not going anywhere," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday."
President Barack Obama pledged during his presidential campaign to seek repeal of the law allowing gays to serve in the military forces as long as they don't reveal their sexual orientation. Under the law, military officials are not allowed to inquire about sexual orientation.
The effort to repeal the ban on gays serving openly would face far more difficult votes in the Congress set to convene in January. Republicans would be in the majority in the House, and the Democratic majority in the Senate would narrow to a handful of seats.