The House has approved a bill to repeal the military's seventeen-year policy banning gays from openly serving in the military. The move comes less than a week after the Senate voted down a larger defense bill that included a provision to repeal the policy.
As The Associated Press reports, supporters of the repeal are trying to push it through Congress before lawmakers adjourn for the year, as they expect to face a tougher time getting the bill to pass when new Congress members take their seats in January.
Earlier this month, some defense officials spoke in favor of a repeal, backing up a Pentagon study that found repealing the policy would have no significant effects on the military. Officials are also urging lawmakers to decide on a repeal, as it is also pending in the courts.