Jillian Bandes
Plans to repeal DADT gained steam after President Obama highlighted the issue during his State of the Union address last month. Now, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen are saying they plan to move forward on the issue within a year. Their opposition to the policy has also received the backing of Gen. Colin Powell, who was formerly hesitant to rebuke it.

Most interesting, though, is Sen. John McCain's continued support of the policy -- to the point of being angry about it. McCain's said he was "disappointed" in Mullen's and Gates' decision.
At this moment of immense hardship for our armed services, we should not be seeking to overturn the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.
McCain had, of course, criticized the Republican Party's stance on homosexuality, and this new stance on DADT seems to represent a shift in his views.

Jillian Bandes

Jillian Bandes is the National Political Reporter for Townhall.com