Two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee are asking Defense Secretary Robert Gates to release a report on repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” before its scheduled December 1 release.

Senators Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) joined in making the request on Monday.

Opponents of the law that bans gay and bisexual service members from serving openly are urging senators to reconsider repeal during the lame-duck session of Congress, which began on Monday.

Details of the report leaked to the Washington Post show more than 70 percent of troops are OK with repeal of the policy that has ended the military careers of more than 13,000 service members.

Lieberman and Collins sponsored the repeal amendment attached to the military's annual defense bill in committee last spring.

The pair urged Gates to make the report public “as soon as possible.”

“Some of our colleagues in the Senate share our view about the importance of passing a defense bill but they are awaiting release of the working group's report before agreeing to begin debate on the bill,” they wrote.

An early release of the report “could therefore be instrumental in allowing the defense bill to move forward.”

Lieberman repeated the call in an appearance Monday on MSNBC: “I hope that the Defense Department can find a way to issue this report that they've got pretty much done, but going through clearance now, as quickly as possible and certainly before December 1st.”

Over the weekend, Arizona Senator John McCain, who opposes repeal of the policy, called the report flawed and asked for a new study.