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Pentagon: No gays were discharged in past month

By LISA LEFF, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- A Pentagon spokeswoman says no service members have been discharged for being openly gay in the month since the Defense Department adopted new rules surrounding the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith released the information Monday.

The 1993 law allows gays to serve in the military as long as they keep their sexual orientations secret.

Under new rules adopted Oct. 21, Defense Secretary Robert Gates put authority for signing off on dismissals in the hands of the four service secretaries.

Before then, any commanding officer at a rank equivalent to a one-star general could discharge gay enlisted personnel.

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