NBC -- The frustration and fight over the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy seems to be intensifying after a California judge ruled against the policy earlier this week.
For the White House, which has long pushed for a change, that decision does not appear to be the solution.
President Obama has insisted that he wants Congress to repeal the law and the Justice Department is considering an appeal of the California ruling, a frustrating move for many gay service members.
One F-16 pilot who has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan was forced to hide his identity while talking with MSNBC's Rachael Maddow last night.
"I've seen us come so close with Don't Ask, Don't Tell with the repeal is kind of like the carrot stick right there in front of you, but you just can't reach it," he said.
The military is currently reviewing how to integrate openly gay troops into the armed services.
Key questions include living arrangements and whether the government will be required to provide benefits for same-sex partners of service members.
That study should be finished by December 1st.
The political firefight could last a bit longer.
Of course, for those on the front lines right now the parameters of the fight are much different.
Commanders say the battle over "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" frankly doesn't matter.
"They're engaged in the fight, they're engaged with working with people every single day," says Major General John Campbell. "They're not worried about the politics of what's going on in the United States, they're not worried about the politics of Don't Ask, Don't Tell."