Defense Secretary Robert Gates is encouraging Congress to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military before the year has ended. His view is also shared by the president, Barack Obama.
However, Gates was not optimistic about that the current Congress would act to get rid of the law known as "don't ask, don't tell," according to Yahoo News.
Gates told Yahoo News that he would like to see the repeal of "dont ask, don't tell" but is not sure what the chances are of this occurring.
Hopes for ending the 17-year-old law have lowered after Tuesday's elections resulting in Republicans getting control of the House, according to the Star Tribune.
The Star Tribune reported that the House of Representatives has passed legislation on "don't ask, don't tell", but it has not seen a vote in the full Senate yet.