At this time, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs is calling for the end of this policy, saying that it's the right thing to do. The secretary of defense seems to be for this as well, although the only thing that Gates really seems to be doing is having some studies updated. (what the hell does enforcing an inherently discriminatory policy in a fairer manner actually mean?) Meanwhile, Republicans are getting predictably indignant about this, claiming that openly gay servicemembers will suddenly become a threat to unit cohesion and morale - maybe when you're openly gay and in uniform, you emit morale-sapping radiation. But these dignified jowls of the legislature never seemed to question what kind of effects having to contort around this policy might have on the organization, or if it's really a good idea to be discharging soldiers when recruiting and retention numbers haven't been too great.
And in a surprise to no one, McCain now supports the ban. Sure, three years ago he was for a repeal if the military's top officers were behind it, but now he's not. That's got to be pretty damn maverick-y.