What a difference a mention in the State of the Union brings, eh? Since President Obama announced during the address that, "This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are", the DADT repeal news has come in fast and furious.
First, the Senate Armed Service Committee announced that during their hearing on the Defense Department Authorization bill, they will allot an hour to testimony from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs chair Admiral Mike Mullen about DADT repeal. This is separate from the DADT-specific hearing currently scheduled for February 11.
The Pentagon is saying that there is the possibility of a temporary policy to dramatically lower the number of dismissals and investigations until the repeal is finished.The scuttlebutt is that the policy would change what would spur an investigation into the soldier's sexuality. Defense Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen "have been and continue to work on an implementation plan," according to a Pentagon spokesman.
More after the jump.