Senator John McCain, leader of efforts to block the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," disavows the possibility that he's motivated by prejudice, but there are at least five pieces of evidence that contradict this.
America finds itself at a real turning point in the struggle for gay rights. And, as during all turning points, it's as if we are watching the struggle unfold on a split screen: progress on one side, setbacks on the other.
According to advocates for gay and lesbian troops, the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" is critical, but the safety of their peers is even more paramount. This takes a lot of chutzpah, and it makes Senate Republicans look even more petty.