In case you were getting too hopeful about this one:
In a new complication for President Obama's push to allow gays to serve openly in the military, the House Armed Services Committee chairman says he is "personally ... against" any change in law.
The opposition from Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., is not unexpected; he played a key role in blocking the Clinton administration from lifting the military's gay ban in 1993. What is surprising is that Skelton is ready to directly fight attempts to include a repeal of the gay ban in the 2011 defense authorization bill.[...]
"We are in the midst of two major conflicts and I think that a disruption of this type could very well cause serious problems," he said.
Advocates for changing the law have talked of the possibility of fighting their battle with an amendment to the annual defense appropriations bill, which falls under the jurisdiction of the House Appropriations Committee, rather than the defense policy bill that goes through the armed services committee.
Public support for LGB people serving openly in the military has increased dramatically since 1993, growing from 44% to 75%. But the politicians themselves haven't changed, and I wouldn't expect all to much from the Democrats in 2010, especially considering that it's an election year that started with a tea bagger unseating a Democrat in Massachusetts.
But even I didn't expect a specific Democrat to come out against this - I assumed it would just get tabled by the party until at least 2011.