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Marines prepare for repeal of 'don't ask/don't tell'

May 1, 2011 | 12:32 pm


Marines at bases in the U.S. and foreign locations are preparing for the repeal of the "don't ask/don't tell" policy that has required gay men and lesbians to remain silent about their sexual orientation.

Once all the services report that their troops have been briefed on the changes, President Obama is to begin a 60-day countdown. The new law should be in effect by late fall -- and gays and lesbians can serve openly.

The Marines have decided on a low-key approach to the change.

"You have a lot more in common with each other than to allow something small like this to get in the way," Col. Rudolph Janiczek, commander of the headquarters battalion of the 1st Marine Division, told Marines at Camp Pendleton last week.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Members of the 1st Marine Logistics Group receive briefing on the repeal of "don't ask/don't tell." Credit: U.S. Marine Corps