Retired Officers Urge Leniency on Gays in Military

On the 14th anniversary of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" legislation, a group of retired military officers released a letter opposing the policy and urging leniency on gays and lesbians in the military.

More than two dozen former admirals and generals joined the campaign to repeal the law Friday, as gay and lesbian groups protested on the National Mall. There is a bill in the House to repeal the policy, but only a handful of Republicans support it, and there is no companion bill in the Senate.

Meantime, the policy also has come up in the race for the White House. All of the candidates at Wednesday's CNN/YouTube Republican debate said they oppose repealing it.

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