Since 2008, the Republicans in DC couldn't block a snotty nose with their current seats in the House or Senate. If the Democrats wanted this pushed through, they could have done so w/out GOP support. They did it with health care.
Democrats know they are going to get slaughtered for the amount of thuggery special interest far left crap they have pushed on the American people. Voter tolerance was more than maxed out by their destroying the American health care system and multiple big government bailouts. Democrats did with this bill what they wanted to do with Iraq: Cut and run.
For my left wing readers, I'm going to outflank and pre-empt you calling me a homophobic bigot with this:
If congress is sooooooo effing concerned with equal rights and military service, why is it that only MALES are required to sign up for selective service at the age of 18? I don't see Democrats pushing any bill to repeal this atrocity of inequities.
Failure to sign up for selective service means jail time, being cut from student loans/grants and being denied admission to many public universities. What if gays got this sort of discrimination based on their self proclaimed homo status?
Democrats are not for equal rights, they are for special rights based on predefined criteria which exclude non Democrat supporters. One of the reasons I align myself with Republicans is because the GOP "trends" towards eliminating special rights status of citizens (excluding the disabled). I read a hell of a lot of history and I'm quite certain that's the sort of equality our founders envisioned.