Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is urging the Obama administration to move quickly to end the military's ban on open gay service, POLITICO reported.

“As Congress considers future legislative action, we believe it would be helpful to hear your views on the policy,” Reid wrote in a letter addressed to the president. “I therefore request that you bring to Congress your recommendations on DADT (don't ask, don't tell).”

During the presidential campaign, Obama pledged to repeal the law that forbids gay and lesbian service members from revealing their sexuality at the risk of losing their jobs. But the president has refused to sign an executive order that would end the discharges while repeal legislation is being debated in Congress, saying he's looking for a “durable” solution from Congress.

Reid also forwarded a copy of the letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Gates said during the summer that the Pentagon was looking into ways to make its ban “more humane.”

In the letter, Reid says he supports efforts to repeal the law. Ironically, a Senate version of a bill that would repeal the law has not been introduced. And Senate hearings on the issue, announced in July, have yet to materialize.

A Reid spokesperson told gay monthly The Advocate that the senator had not received a reply to his September 24 letter from either President Obama or Secretary Gates.

Approximately 13,000 service members have been fired for being gay since the policy was enacted in 1993.