It should come as no surprise that the Obama administration has moved forward in pushing Congress to overturn the existing ban on open homosexuality in the military despite the objections of leading generals and admirals. In fact, each of the heads of the services, who collectively comprise the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have opposed the plan.
Previously, Secretary of Defense Gates had put in place a review of military policy on the matter and its impact on military readiness that will not be concluded until December. It was thought that Congress and the White House would wait until after the study was complete to think about making any changes.
The fact that the study won't be complete until December is EXACTLY why they want to move ahead now. Because that means there will be a new (more Republican, more conservative) Congress in place by the time the issue is addressed - and they want to change it while they can. Not to mention make the radical, gay rights lobby happy in the process. All part of the strategy of trying to excite the base before the election.
This tells you a little bit about how this administration feels about our military leaders: