President Obama signed the repeal of DADT, which bans openly gay men and women from serving in the military, at the end of the year. The repeal will actually go into effect once Obama and the two top military leaders certify that the armed forces are ready.
During the debate, McCain -- who used to say he'd support repeal if top military brass also supported it -- advocated against repeal, often growing visibly angry and dismissive in hearings. During one hearing after the Pentagon released a nearly year-long review into how the military would cope with lifting DADT, McCain scoffed at Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Adm. Mike Mullen and said the review wasn't done right. He demanded dozens more hearings and was responsible for blocking the bill on the Senate floor.
But his tone immediately began to soften once it passed. When the Family Research Council claimed that McCain would lead a continued fight against repeal, a source in McCain's office told TPM it was a lie.
"The law has been changed," the source said.