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Activists say "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is prompting discussion

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- This week, national leaders are reviewing a controversial military policy. The president wants congress to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he's ready to follow the president's orders, but many in congress do not support changing the law.

Some republicans, and retired servicemen, said allowing gay men and women to serve openly would create an uncomfortable environment for soldiers on the battlefield. They argue, this could threaten national security.

Local gay activists say, just talking about problems with the law is a step in the right direction.

"Now that we're able to discuss something that relates to sexuality on a national level, hopefully that will open up discussion for marriage and other questions of civil rights," said Kyle Woollums.

Although top pentagon officials support President Obama's request, the decision to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is not up to them. Congress will have to vote to change the law.

Hear more from local activists Sunday night on KWWL News at 5:00.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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