What are the Republicans who voted against the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell thinking? Do any of them seriously believe that in ten years gay people won't be serving openly in our military? What is it that they gain from standing athwart the march of history yelling "Stop!"? Several of the no voters have said that they don't so much oppose the repeal as want more time to consider it. Since the normalization of homosexuality in America has been going on for forty years now, they might have had time to think this over by now.
I see nothing but spite and cowardice in this vote. These people are either venting their personal irritation at irreversible social changes -- irreversible in the short term, anyway -- or they are just afraid of having to answer questions from homophobic constituents. To these petty ends they are willing to sacrifice the careers of thousands of people who want to serve their country. It makes me sick.