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Top uniformed officer: Gay ban should be lifted

WASHINGTON. - Some angry words from Sen. John McCain today for the nation's top defense officials, over the issue of "don't ask, don't tell."
     
Defense Chief Robert Gates told a Senate panel today that the Pentagon is launching a year-long study to determine how the ban on gays serving openly can be repealed without a major upheaval.
     
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, said gays should be allowed to serve openly in uniform, arguing that it is "the right thing to do."
     
McCain said the current policy has been "effective," and he said a change in the law is up to Congress, not the Pentagon.
     
He says he is "deeply disappointed" and is calling the assessment "clearly biased" because it presumes the law should be changed.

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