President Obama is likely to discuss the military's ban on open gay service during his State of the Union address on Wednesday, a senior lawmaker told reporters Monday.

Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, previously stated that both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen would be called to testify during a January Senate hearing on repeal of the ban.

“We were told by the Pentagon that they expected the president to say something in the State of the Union on it,” Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, told reporters, Reuters reported. Obama will give the annual speech on Wednesday during a joint session of the U.S. Congress.

Levin, however, added: “I have no idea” what Obama will say.

The Senate hearing, which was pushed back in the fall to concentrate on investigating the Fort Hood shootings, will likely be held in early February, Levin told reporters.

The policy, also known as “don't ask, don't tell,” is the 1993 law that prohibits gay and lesbian service members from revealing their sexuality at the risk of losing their jobs.

President Obama promised gay activists attending an October fundraiser that he would end the policy.

“I will end 'don't ask, don't tell,'” Obama said. “That is my commitment to you.”

Previously, activists working to repeal the ban suggested Obama could end the policy with an executive order. But Obama has already dismissed the idea, saying he was looking for a “durable” solution.

While Levin supports repeal of the military gay ban, his House counterpart, Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, a Democrat from Missouri, does not.