Pentagon says military is ready for gay ban repeal

September 19, 2011 • National News

This Sept. 13, 2011 photo shows Stephen Peters, 31, in front of his Marine uniform at his home in San Diego. Peters, a former Marine who told his commanding officer he was gay and is living with an active-duty Marine, recalled past challenges trying to keep their love secret, spoke of the joy and relief accompanying the upcoming repeal of the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, and wondered about the extent that they would be welcomed into the broader military family in the future. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The military says it is ready for the lifting Tuesday of a ban on gays serving openly, while supporters of repeal applaud the historic change as a victory for equal rights.

Pentagon press secretary George Little said Monday that the military is adequately prepared for the end of the current policy, commonly known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” under which gays can serve as long as they don’t openly acknowledge their sexual orientation and commanders are not allowed to Login to read more

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