The Pentagon said today that it has no plans to repeal the military gay ban that prohibits open service by gay and lesbian soldiers.

Pentagon Spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters Tuesday that repeal was not being actively pursued.

The ban, known as “don't ask, don't tell,” prescribes discharge from the military for gay and lesbian service members who do not remain closeted or celibate.

President Obama pledged to scrap the 1993 policy during the campaign, but has since soft-pedaled on the issue, saying he is looking for “fundamental reform.”

When CBS National Security Correspondent David Martin asked Morrell for an update on what the Pentagon is doing to repeal “don't ask, don't tell,” Morrell answered: “As far as I know, at this point, David, there has been no request made by the president to the Congress to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'.”

“I don't think there is any sense of any immediate developments in the offing,” he said.

“I do not believe there are any plans under way in this building for some expected, but not articulated, anticipation that 'don't ask, don't tell' will be repealed,” Morrell added.

Grumbling about the pace of reform has grown louder as the Obama administration has increasingly distanced itself from gay and lesbian rights issues, including the more liberal use of the word “change” by the administration when referring to the “don't ask, don't tell” law. Previously, officials used the word “repeal.”