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Mar 23, 2010 2:44 PM by Letitia Walker

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy Could Be Changing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell says

that the Defense Department is close to changing how it enforces

its policy on "don't ask, don't tell," which bans gays from

serving openly.

In February, Defense Secretary Robert Gates directed his legal

counsel to suggest ways to relax enforcement of the policy, which

is based on a 1993 law. Of particular interest is minimizing cases

of "third-party outings," where a service member is kicked out

after being reported by others to be gay.

Morrell said Gates is likely to announce a "way ahead" on the

matter by the end of the week.

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