House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is flirting with the idea of putting a gay rights bill up for a vote during the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress.'s Jonathan Allen is reporting that Pelosi talked about adding the bill to a short list during a leadership conference on Wednesday.

As recently as July, Pelosi had said the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would need to be keept on the back burner until “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” is repealed. The law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly is expected to run into major turbulence next week in the Senate, where Republicans, led by Arizona Senator John McCain, have threatened to block any effort to repeal the policy.

ENDA would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (transgender protections). The bill stalled out in committee early in the year.

Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have been repeatedly targeted by members of the group GetEQUAL over their lukewarm support for ENDA.

Earlier in the week, openly gay Congressman Barney Frank, the lead sponsor of ENDA, predicted gay rights bills faced a “zero chance” of passage next year.