House, Senate and White House staff met Monday to discuss repealing "Don't ask, don't tell" as part of the 2011 defense authorization bill.

At the same time, gay rights groups met at the White House to discuss the way forward for ending the ban on openly gay people serving in the military.

Both discussions "were promising," said a House leadership aide. The aide cautioned, though, that a deal had not yet been struck. Supporters of repeal would have to corral enough votes to get an amendment passed on the House floor this week. Discussions on how to make that happen will take place in the coming days, the aide said.