April 2nd, 2010
04:01 AM ET

Hurdles for Pentagon on lifting the ban on gay troops

As the Pentagon tries to move forward with studying the effects of repealing the ban on openly gay troops serving in the military, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is finding hurdles at almost every corner. As part of that study, Gates asked for the opinions of gay troops. However under the current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, troops must not admit they are gay to a member of the military or civilian Department of Defense, or risk getting kicked out of the military.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Thursday that a third party will have to be brought in to poll homosexual troops about their thoughts on repealing the ban to get around the law.

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