Pentagon: Ready For Gay Ban Repeal Tuesday

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says the military is adequately prepared for the official lifting Tuesday of the legal ban on gays serving openly.

Press secretary George Little said Monday that the ban will end at one minute after midnight. At that time, revised Defense Department regulations will take effect, to reflect the new law that will allow gays to serve openly.

President Barack Obama signed the law last December, and in July he certified that lifting the ban will not diminish the military's ability to fight.

Little said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta would discuss the matter at a Pentagon news conference on Tuesday. The Pentagon otherwise was taking a low-key approach to the historic day. Gay rights groups, however, were preparing a series of celebrations across the nation.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Crystal on Sep 22, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    I think more people need to have a better understanding and not judge. When you are at the dinner table you tell you children that everyone is different but they deserve to be treated EQUALLY!
  • by tim Location: cs on Sep 19, 2011 at 11:38 AM
    Lookout, here comes the bigot brigade!
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      by sheryl on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:39 PM in reply to tim
      I didn't care for KKTV coverage of the fall of Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. At dinner hour, am I prepared, is my family prepared to have you show men in uniform kissing on the lips. NO! Shame on you for not showing a little discerment!
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