President Barack Obama on Wednesday backed tentative plans to repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 1993 law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly, during the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress.

Obama made his remarks during a nationally televised news conference.

The president said that he agreed with “the overwhelming majority of Americans” in opposing the policy.

A Pentagon study on repeal, which includes a survey of how troops and their families feel about the issue, is due on the president's desk on December 1. “That will give us time to act, potentially, during the lame-duck session to change this policy,” he said, referring to the study.

He added that ending the law should “not be a partisan issue.”

“This is an issue, as I said, where you've got a sizable portion of the American people squarely behind the notion that folks who are willing to serve on our behalf should be treated fairly and equally.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), the Christian-based group that opposes repeal, chided Obama for pressing ahead with repeal after Tuesday's election results.

“When it comes to the homosexual agenda, the American people could not be clearer,” Perkins said in a statement. “The flipping of at least six state legislatures, the defeat of three justices in Iowa who imposed same-sex 'marriage' and the defeat of the House Member leading the charge to overturn the current military policy are all examples of how the American people have grown tired of the Democratic Party's adherence to an anti-family coalition.”