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Tue September 20, 2011
Reed: military ready for end of Don't Ask Don't Tell
By CATHERINE WELCH
PROVIDENCE, RI – U.S. Senator Jack Reed says he's confident the military has taken the necessary steps ensure a smooth transition as the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy fades into history Tuesday. The 18-year-old law banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
Reed says the commandant of the Marine Corps and other military leaders told him that they've put steps in place for a smooth transition. Reed says a more accepting attitude by a younger generation has paved the way for openly gay members of the military.
"I think the most obvious thing it will open up a huge pool of talent which otherwise was prohibited from participating in military service, that is going to be a significant contribution," says Reed.
The federal Defense of Marriage Act prevents gay and lesbian troops from family housing and health benefits.
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