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Pentagon Study Dismisses Risk Of Openly Gay Troops

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Pentagon reporters on Tuesday that existing policies such as housing and spousal benefits for military service members "can and should be applied equally to homosexuals as well as heterosexuals."

Gates says he does not expect the Pentagon would have to rethink those policies to accommodate gays if they are allowed to serve openly in the military.

He said a majority of concerns associated with repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" provision against gays serving openly could be addressed through increased training and education.
      
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