Well, this is good news:

On a 250-175 vote, and with at least 15 Republicans supporting the measure, the House of Representatives — in a chamber temprorarily presided over by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) — passed a stand-alone bill aimed at the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

With about the same number of Democrats opposed to the measure as there were Republicans supporting it, the bill nonetheless passed with one more affirmative vote than when the House passed a stand-alne version of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act. In that vote, 249 members voted yes, 18 of whom were Republicans.

[h/t Karoli]