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General says gays should be allowed to serve in military

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Posted: Feb 22, 2010 1:27 PM by Katherine Gouner
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Gay, homosexual, military, "don't ask, don't tell", serve

Everyone should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military, regardless of their sexual orientation, says the top commanding general in Iraq.

It's the first comment from a senior military leader on active duty since the Pentagon said it will study issue earlier this month.

Gen. Raymond Odierno says he does not take the time to ponder whether troops who are gay should be allowed to serve openly. He says the "don't ask, don't tell" policy has been a "non-issue" to him. Odierno helped lead a buildup of troops in Iraq that reduced violence in the country and is helping with the planned reduction of U.S. forces there.

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