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The repeal of the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy would not produce a "the wrenching, dramatic change that many have feared and predicted," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at a press conference on the release of a Pentagon report on ending the prohibition on gays openly serving in the military. Read more» 1

On Memorial Day, Yuma Mayor Al Krieger professed disbelief that the United States' past military successes could have been possible with gay troops serving in combat. Read more»

Krieger

Yuma Mayor Al Krieger, commenting on the move to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" during a Memorial Day speech, called gay troops "lacy-drawered, limp-wristed people." After a national uproar, he's issued an apology. Read more» 8

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says it's time to reconsider Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says it's time to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy referring to gays openly serving in the military. Read more» 2

2009 Freedom to Serve Rally, sponsored by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, at the Capitol, Washington, D.C., in March 2009.

In many corners of the world, the policy on gays in the military could be labeled this way: "Don't Ask, Don't Care." In the military establishments of more than 30 countries, including U.S. allies such as Israel, Canada and the United Kingdom, gays and lesbians are allowed to openly serve in their country's military. Read more» 2