Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was not repealed, even though the new rule would not have gone into effect until after the military had finished its investigation(?) on how best to do so. Apparently, Senators think that repealing DADT will hurt morale for troops on the ground in the Middle East.
I have never served, so correct me if I’m wrong, but how likely is a gay Marine, who has been serving in silence, in a combat zone, to turn around and say to everyone, “DADT’s been repealed. I’m GAY!”? And if he did, how surprised would his unit really be?