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Military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" is no more


After 17 years of what many consider discrimination and oppression of a minority group, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy eliminated. Pentagon chief Leon Panetta signed off on the decision, repealing the decade-and-a-half long mandate that prohibited military men and women from revealing their sexual orientation. The decision to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was expected by most in Washington, and comes two weeks after the chiefs of the military services advised Panetta that ending the ban would not impact military readiness. Gainesville Community Alliance President Joseph Antonelli says the lifting of the ban will help heal some of the injustice suffered by the gay community.

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