US military ban on gays serving openly ends this week

By REUTERS
September 20, 2011 01:37

 
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WASHINGTON - The US policy banning gays from serving openly in the military ends on Tuesday, with the Pentagon saying it is prepared for this new era in the American armed forces.

US President Barack Obama last December signed legislation to repeal the policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which had been passed by Congress and signed into law in 1993 under then-President Bill Clinton.

"This is not a surprise. We're prepared. People will know exactly what do in conjunction with repeal," Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters on Monday.

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