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Source: Pentagon set to ease policy on gays in the military

From Barbara Starr CNN
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to make an announcement on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to make an announcement on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Robert Gates expected to announce changes to "don't ask, don't tell"
  • Outings by third parties may no longer be automatic grounds for separation, source says
  • Defense Secretary will announce changes that can be made without Congress
  • President Obama has asked for a repeal of the measure

Washington (CNN) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to announce changes Thursday easing the Defense Department's "don't ask, don't tell" policy prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the military, a senior Defense Department official has confirmed to CNN.

The official said one of the changes will be that outings by third parties may no longer be clear grounds for initiating separation proceedings, especially if it is proven that the person making the allegation has a grudge against the military member.

Gates' announcement will focus on regulatory changes that can be made at the Pentagon without the approval of Congress, which has been debating whether to change the policy.

President Obama has asked for a repeal of the measure.

 
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