I am surprised this did not happen sooner. However, as the people most apt to be annoyed with this are already annoyed beyond repair Obama is seeking to boost support in the gay and far left community.
In general the far left community has always been deceitful about gay rights. There are plenty of gay antisemites who parrot popular leftist cliches about Israel in favor of Psuedostinians who persecute gays. Gays were mistreated under Castro, Mugabe and in many other places. These facts send Gay leftists up a wall as they pretend the sum of all evil is Pat Robertson. The fact remains that while militant gays scream about the the Catholic Church and other denominations, these same denominations treat the sick and the dying. In an extreme example the Anglican Church is on the verge of a split because the far left tried to impose its will in this area.
Gays have always been in the military. In an ideal world there would be no need for don't ask don't tell. The matter would be discussed discreetly and be handled as a matter of discretion. The non fraternization rules that govern other federal workers should be enforced gay or not.
The times are changing and in reality this policy especially when non military contractors such as interpreters should have been changed long ago. A gay Arabic or Urdu interpreter could do the job just as well if not better than a straight interpreter. The reality is that a gay interpreter would likely provide a reliable interpretation especially considering how Jihadist types want to kill them.
I understand how military employment is much different from working at Dairy Queen. People at Dairy Queen do not live together or form the type of bonds that military personnel do. In fact even law enforcement officers form closer bonds with coworkers than other professions. In my own unit I have been surprised at the crass bigotry by the same people aimed at gays who would skin you alive for saying the N word. Some of the more odious claims is that they have "gaydar" or that gays work in certain professions. This is odd because our friend Justin is a Vietnam Vet lives in Texas and as far as I know never went to a Broadway Show or attended a Barbara Streisand concert. I worked in the fashion industry for over ten years, lived in Greenwich Village, attended over 100 Broadway shows and am related to Streisand. The prejudice against gays is frightening in that people assume people are gay and the converse and have no idea who is gay or not.
Obama is going to try immigration reform after health care. He will be a one term disaster. His saving grace is that Jimmy Carter will always look worse.