The House of Representatives has voted to overturn the ban on openly gay and lesbian soldiers serving in the military, and it appears as though the Senate may pass the bill as well.
On Dec. 15, the House voted 250 to 175 to approve a stand-alone bill that would repeal "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT). Previously the measure was tied to a larger defense policy bill, which was passed in the House but later stalled in the Senate.
Several GOP Senators have pledged their support for the repeal of DADT, but will only vote in favor of the legislation after the chamber approves a Federal budget. According to The Boston Globe, Susan Collins (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) have agreed to back the stand-alone repeal, which would give Democrats the 60 votes needed to approve the law.
"If and when a stand-alone repeal bill comes up for a vote, he will support it," Brown's spokeswoman, Gail Gitcho, told the news provider.
Some conservative Republicans, however, have argued that a repeal of DADT would place an unreasonable burden on the military in the midst of combat in Afghanistan. Representative Todd Akin (R-Mo.) called the measure a "liberal crusade to create a utopia," according to CNN.