This post was updated at 6:14 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 15
The House passed a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell Wednesday evening, potentially breathing new life into Democrats' efforts to end the policy as time runs short for big legislative efforts.
Onus for ending DADT now rests on the Senate, which will now strain to hold a vote on DADT before the lame-duck session ends. If Congress doesn't repeal DADT by the end of 2010, it's unlikely that the policy will end anytime soon, as Republicans assume majority of the House on January 3.
77 percent of poll respondents support repealing the policy, according to the most recent polling from ABC News, as does Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
The Senate will likely take up DADT next Tuesday at the soonest, according to a Democratic leadership aide.
But the upper chamber has a busy schedule ahead of it. After passing a deal to extend the Bush tax cuts, on Thursday the Senate will resume work on an omnibus spending bill to continue funding the government. If South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint adheres to his demand that the entire bill be read, Senate action will likely be pushed back by two days. After the omnibus, the Senate will resume work on the New START treaty this weekend (barring DeMint's demand); that leaves little time before Christmas to clear procedural hurdles and vote on DADT, the DREAM Act immigration bill, and a previously failed health care bill for 9/11 first responders. The Senate is considering a brief return between Christmas and New Year's.