Ottawa Citizen

Regulation­s eased on gays in military

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Defence Secretary Robert Gates announced new measures Thursday to make it harder to discharge gays in the U.S. military, saying the move offered “a greater measure of common sense and common decency.” Gates said the changes seek to enforce the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law which requires gays to keep quiet about their sexual orientatio­n or face expulsion from the military in a “fairer manner.” The new guidelines represent an interim step to ease the effect of the law even as Congress debates President Barack Obama’s call to repeal the policy entirely. Under the decision, only higher-ranking officers will be allowed to initiate and oversee discharge cases and informatio­n passed on to lawyers, clergy, psychother­apists and medical profession­als would be deemed confidenti­al.

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