The California Senate has approved a resolution that calls for an end to the military's gay ban.

The resolution calls on Congress to pass and President Obama to sign the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009, a bill that would end “don't ask, don't tell,” the law that prescribes discharge for gay and lesbian service members who do not remain closeted or celibate.

State Senators approved the resolution in a 23 to 16 vote Monday. Assembly members will take up the resolution in January.

“We applaud our representatives in the State Senate for standing up for what is right, and we urge our representatives in the Assembly and ultimately in Washington to do the same,” Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California (EQCA), said in a statement. “President Obama and Congress must fulfill their promise to stand up for equality and overturn this policy now.”

The resolution was sponsored by EQCA and introduced by Senator Christine Kehoe, a Democrat from San Diego.

“To be a quality soldier you must display courage, patriotism, commitment and ability – none of which have anything to do with sexual orientation,” Senator Kehoe said in a statement. “Overturning this shameful policy will help ensure that gay and lesbian Americans will be afforded the same opportunities as any other American who wants to serve our country.”

Candidate Obama pledged he would repeal the law, but President Obama has refused to consider ending discharges with an executive order, saying only Congress can rein in the law. Over 320 service members have been fired under Obama's watch, according to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a group that lobbies for repeal of the law.

A Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on repeal of the law is expected in the fall, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office announced in July.