In a scene reminiscent of incoming House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) recent tearful episodes, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was overcome with emotion on Tuesday during a signing ceremony for the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, which prevents gay men and women from serving in the military.

Standing to the left of outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Frank could be seen holding back tears as he hugged Pelosi before she sat down to sign the bill before a packed auditorium in the Capitol Visitor Center.

Joining Frank and Pelosi on stage was Rep. Patrick Murhpy (D-Pa.), who originally introduced the stand-alone repeal bill in the House, as well as three members of the Armed Forces who were discharged under the policy, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Stacy Vasquez, Air Force Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, and Air Force Maj. Mike Almy.

Frank, who is openly gay, has advocated strongly for the repeal of the 17 year-old policy. Repeal became a reality this past Sunday when a stand-alone bill passed the Senate. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation on Wednesday.