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Military Eases Ban on Gay Soldiers

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Michael Mullen announced on Tuesday the creation of a panel that will asses how to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell—a process that could take years. The panel will take the rest of this year to produce an "implementation plan," but in 45 days the Defense Department will also recommend ways, in the words of Gates, to "enforce this policy in am ore humane and fair manner" within existing law.