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Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Is Back

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Defense Department has declared that "don't ask, don't tell" is once again the law of the land but has set up a new system that could make it tougher to get fired for being openly gay.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday ordered that all firings under the 1993 law must now be decided by one of the four service secretaries in consultation with the military's general
counsel and his personnel chief.

The move puts the question of who can be fired for being openly gay in the hands of just five people _ all of them civilian political appointees who work for an administration that thinks the law is unjust.
      
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