Several media outlets are reporting that a "deal" has been reached on legislative efforts to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. According to the New York Times, the deal would allow legislation proposed in the House by Representative Patrick Murphy and in the Senate by Joe Lieberman to proceed.
Nonetheless, the legislation would not take effect until after the Department of Defense completes its study on the effects of lifting the antigay ban. Also, the White House would have to confirm that repealing DADT would not harm military effectiveness.
Definitely a Compromise
So - a deal has been reached to repeal DADT after Obama determines whether the ban should in fact be lifted. This is indeed a compromise. It accomplishes several things. Democrats in Congress can claim that they ended DADT, which could score them points in midterm elections (for those who represent liberal states). Nothing tangible, however, will happen to DADT until after the midterm elections, which should protect moderates, including Obama. President Obama's one-year study of the matter will proceed uninterrupted, but he can say (again) that he is on-board with lifting the ban and that he accepts the legislation. Mainstream gay rights groups can claim victory and celebrate their access to the White House, which could lead to new donations. And all can live happily ever after. . . .
Update: I have also blogged on this issue for Concurring Opinions.