Pentagon relaxes 'don't ask, don't tell'
By The Post's Pentagon correspondent Craig Whitlock:
The Pentagon announced Thursday that it will relax enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" rules that prevent gays from serving openly in the military, a decision that officials described as a temporary measure until Congress can take permanent action.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the military will no longer open investigations into the sexual orientation of service members based on anonymous complaints, will restrict testimony from third parties and will require high-ranking officers to review all cases.
The changes will take effect immediately.
Gates had asked Pentagon lawyers to review whether the Defense Department had the legal discretion to enforce the "don't ask, don't tell" law more loosely after President Obama urged its repeal in his Jan. 27 State of the Union address.
| March 25, 2010; 10:50 AM ET
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