From NY Times article
Mr. Gates, who said at the news conference that he was ânever comfortableâ with the ban, tried to get it overturned a year ago, but said he encountered resistance within the Pentagon and so, he said, âdemurred.â
But after President Obama said earlier this month that he was considering lifting the ban, Mr. Gates once again sounded out senior officials at the Pentagon.
âIâll be perfectly honest, there was a division in the building,â he said. But he said that a âvery compelling memoâ from the Army in favor of changing the policy was persuasive, particularly since most of the war dead in Iraq and Afghanistan served in the Army.
In the end, Mr. Gates said, he came to the conclusion that âwe should not presume to make the decision for the families, we should let them make it.â
Under the new policy, photographs will not be permitted of coffins if the families say no.