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Pentagon Okays Openly Gay Recruits

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time in the nation's history, the military is accepting recruits who are openly gay.

After a court ruling that struck down the policy against gays serving openly, the military has suspended enforcement of the rule. And recruiters are being told they can accept people who say they are gay.

But they're also advised to tell gay applicants that the rule could be reinstated at any time.

Some gay activist groups are planning to send people to enlist at recruiting stations to test the Pentagon's announcement.

But they're also continuing to tell service members to avoid revealing that they are gay, fearing they could find themselves in trouble should the law be reinstated.

Omar Lopez, who was discharged from the Navy in 2006 after admitting to his military doctor that he's gay, says he'll try to enlist again Friday. Lopez says he was turned away last week when
he tried to enlist after the judge's order striking down the ban on gays serving openly.

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