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03/25/2010 04:56 PM ID: 83512 Permalink   

U.S. Dept. of Defense Changes Rules for Booting Out Gay Soldiers


Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has approved new rules that will make it harder for the military to discharge gay solders under the "don´t ask, don´t tell" policy, considered a stopgap measure until the policy itself can be reviewed.

The changes raise the level of officer required to authorize an investigation into a case and that can authorize a dismissal. It also requires soldiers saying that others are gay to do so under oath in order to discourage the use of hearsay.

Privacy rights for gay troops will be increased; statements made to their lawyers, clergy members, counselors and physicians will be protected. Congress will consider a DADT repeal, with conservatives and some military officials against it.

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I know it´s only a stopgap but at least it´s a step in the right direction.
  by: qwerty017   03/25/2010 05:45 PM     
  Shouldn´t be  
allowed to kick them out at all. Guys get it on with the women what the hell is the difference if some prefer to get it on with the guys. Seems to me it would be joint effort and the bottom line is Gay,Guys and women can shoot a gun.
  by: hellblazer     03/25/2010 06:41 PM     
  by: Kolman   03/26/2010 12:57 AM     
  The reason  
they dont (do they now? they didnt used to anyway) let women on the front line (well one of them) is they are afraid of the male protective nature for ones they love. They are afraid a Male will fall for a chick and put his squad at risk trying to help her if he feels she is at risk.
One thing they could (apart from homophobia) be trying to do here, if you have people running helter skelter more people die than need to.
  by: ssxxxssssss   03/26/2010 06:27 AM     
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