Pentagon Paves Way for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

Gay troops would be able to serve openly in the armed forces

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

On Tuesday, the Pentagon's top leaders said the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" law, which prohibits gay and lesbian armed forces members from openly admitting their sexuality, would not pose a problem if scrapped. A survey conducted among troops showed that over 70 percent wouldn't have a problem serving alongside gay troops. The poll results put new pressure on Republican opponents to repeal the law; President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to do so before adjourning in the next few weeks.

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich reports.

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Arwa Gunja and Kateri A. Jochum

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Todd Zwillich

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