The bill to repeal the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy has passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The plan would allow gays to serve openly in the military.
Illinois Representative Judy Biggert was one of only 15 Republicans in the House to vote in favor of the repeal. She was the only Illinois Republican to do so.
Biggert said she didn't look at the measure as a partisan issue.
"I think that our commanders recommended repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell because it was the right thing to do. Our goal should be to put the best soldiers possible in the field, and not just the best white soldiers or straight soldiers or brown eyed soldiers, but the best soldiers period," Biggert said.
Fifteen House Democrats voted against the measure, but all Illinois Democrats voted with the party in support of the repeal.
The bill still has yet to be called up for a vote in the Senate.