There has been lots of motion these past two weeks on repealing DADT, more than any other LGBT bills other than hate crimes legislation and possibly ENDA, as there are people currently working on repeal in both the House and the Senate.
While a few gay people are getting upset that the Obama Administration isn't moving faster on this one (as if the President sits down and writes all the laws and then signs them into law, like a dictator), Congress has been the one who has waited too long and appears to be making up for that time.
In other words, it's looking like there are people in Congress trying to get this one done. It's unlikely that they'd suspend those discharges only to go back to DADT in 18 months, and the popularity of repeal is high enough that they ought to be able to get it done without much outside interference.
Anyway, as usual, there's a part of the gay community that's getting distracted by an Anderson Cooper video:
I don't really see what's all that shocking in this interview. First, Obama's not in charge of writing the law to repeal DADT, and Congress has its own interest in getting rid of DADT and is already taking actions towards repeal. Have there been any signs that he won't sign language to repeal if it's presented to him? Second, as Chris Geidner points out, there's nothing new in this interview. Third, as others have posted again and again and again on this site, repeal isn't enough for LGBT servicemembers. If it is simply repealed, then the pre-1993 complete ban on their participation in the military will take effect, as well as discriminatory practices that will serve to further keep LGBT people down and outside of the military. Repeal isn't enough; a new policy will have to take DADT's place for this to be a win for LGBT people. Fourth, as much as these folks pride themselves in reading tea leaves, if he's saying that a priority is getting policy to work for "the outstanding gay and lesbian soldiers that are both currently enlisted or would like to enlist," that seems like he's at least on the right page. I'd much rather have him talk about the LGBT gay and lesbian soldiers (c'mon, Obama) valid personal interests instead of what they can do for the US military.
In other words, I'd wait for substantive policy statements from the White House or for Obama's actions instead of trying to parse an interview with a closet case on CNN. It seems like, at most, a distraction from the people who'll actually be writing the repeal legislation.
Overall, there seems to be motion forward on this issue. And there are leaders appearing in Congress, which will take the heat off the usual suspects to push for this legislation.