Frankly, while it's nice to see that 57% of American voters have removed their heads from the asses on the issue of gays in the military, it really doesn't matter if only 5% of Americans thought it was a good idea. What it is, is the RIGHT idea.
The theory that straight soldiers will be uncomfortable serving along side gay ones is laughable for anyone who has every had any experience with the military. You would have to be completely ignorant and nearly blind not to know that some of your fellow soldiers are gay already. What is so scary about letting them actually tell people they're gay? Believe it or not, being near a gay person will not "turn" you gay. Nor will thousands of gays join the military and start hitting on you.
These men and women are willing to die for our country. The very least we can do is allow them to do it as themselves.
"I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me personally it comes down to integrity — theirs as individuals and ours as an institution.” ~Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff