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US military to accept openly gay recruits
California, Oct 21 (Agencies):
Published on 21 Oct. 2010 9:44 PM IST
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The United States military, for the first time, is allowing its recruiters to accept openly gay and lesbian applicants. At least three service members discharged for being gay have begun the process to re-enlist after the new directives. The historic move follows a series of decisions by a federal judge in California, Virginia Phillips, who ruled last month that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law violates the equal protection and First Amendment rights of service members. On October 12, she ordered the military to stop enforcing the law. President Barack Obama has said that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy “will end on my watch”.

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