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.