Public opinion supports the repeal of DADT policy. This seems to be a blow to civil rights. The 3 missing votes were from 1 new Democrat, Joe Manchin from West Virginia and 2 Republicans. There was defense department support for repealing this antequated policy. Both Senators Warner and Webb voted to repeal it and for the military funding.
There is strong rumor that Joe Liebermann and Susan Collins will introduce an independent, separate repeal of DADT.