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New Don't Ask, Don't Tell Guidelines

The Pentagon has issued new guidelines for enforcing Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Now just five senior officials can expel someone from the armed forces for being gay. The secretaries of the Navy, Army, and Air Force must consult with the Pentagon's top lawyer and the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel, Clifford Stanley, before making any final determination. The Washington Post saw a memo from Stanley outlining the new procedure.

"This latest twist highlights the legally uncertain period in which we now find ourselves," Stanley said in his memo.

DADT was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge who ordered it stopped. The Pentagon stopped it, for a day, when a 3-judge panel put a stay on judge's order until the case could be appealed. The Pentagon and the Obama administration want congress to change the DADT law, not the courts. But the courts could issue another injunction.

Stanley did warn service members against coming out.

In his memo, Stanley also cautioned service members that altering their behavior or revealing their sexual identity "may have adverse consequences" as the policy makes its way through the courts.

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