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Gates: Little impact from repeal

Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently reassured U.S. soldiers in Iraq that allowing gays to serve openly in the military will have little impact on the Armed Forces, an argument largely echoed by other top military leaders.

Visiting troops at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Gates was asked when repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” would occur and what its effect would be.

“My guess is you won’t see much change at all because the whole thrust of the training is you’re supposed to go on treating everybody like you’re supposed to be treating everybody now, with dignity, respect and discipline,” Gates told the troops. “And the same kind of military discipline that applies to – and regulations that apply to heterosexual relationships – will apply in terms of homosexual relationships.”

Meanwhile, in Washington, service leaders testified before the House Armed Services Committee on the implementation of the new policy.

From AP and WiG reports

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