10:31 am January 19, 2010, by jgalloway
Another item on Barack Obama’s agenda is in doubt. This from the Army Times:
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.
On the C-SPAN Newsmaker program, which aired Sunday, Skelton said his committee’s military personnel panel will hold one or more hearings on the issue, which would open the door for debate but would not necessarily lead to an amendment to the defense bill.
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