In a last-minute surprise in 2010, eight Republican senators joined nearly every Democrat to repeal the military's "don't ask, tell policy" on gays.
The final 65-31 vote to end the 17-year-old policy that bars gays from serving openly included moderates as well as at least one conservative who had previously spoken out against changing the status quo.
The Republicans who voted for repeal:Scott Brown, Massachusetts
Susan Collins, Maine
Olympia Snowe, Maine
Mark Kirk, Illinois
Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
John Ensign, Nevada
Richard Burr, North Carolina
George Voinovich, Ohio
Collins had joined with independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut to lead the repeal effort.
Since then, an Entrepreneur from California, who is said to be eyeing a run for office in that state, has been speaking out on the issue as well, blasting Republicans on the issue and even holding his party to task for the failure to tackle te most taboo of political subjects--abortion.
The head of an intelligence communications firm
has come out swinging against his own party, supporting gays in th military and attacking the abortion issue as a failure of the GOP.
W. Edward Griffith, 44, delivered a YouTube broadcast citing the human rights battle to allow gays to serve in the military and said that the accuses used to legalize abortion are in conflict with the issues banning gays in the Armed Services.
Griffith also took some swings at the lack of leadership in Washington, citing members of congress as failing to address the critical issues facing the country.
Sounding like a would-be candidate for public office, Griffith told viewers that he was one Republican who cared about the social issues that his party has failed to address successfully.CLICK HERE FOR THE ADDRESS BY GRIFFITH