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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 11/30/2010

'Don't ask, don't tell' report authors speak out

By Ed O'Keefe

The two co-authors of the Pentagon's long-awaited report on the impact of ending the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy have worked closely together in the past nine months. But neither man knows - or wants to know - what the other thinks personally about the ban.

Defense Department General Counsel Jeh C. Johnson and Army Gen. Carter F. Ham will face intense scrutiny this week from lawmakers and advocates for and against ending the "don't ask, don't tell" law, which bans gays from openly serving in uniform. The future of the ban rests largely with 10 moderate senators who want to read the report before voting on a defense policy bill that would end it.

Johnson and Ham led a 66-person review team that met with gay rights leaders, social conservatives, military chaplains, service members discharged under the policy, the same-sex partners of closeted gay troops and gay veterans. Hundreds of thousands of troops and spouses also provided feedback through written surveys, an online dropbox and town hall meetings at bases around the world.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | November 30, 2010; 11:39 AM ET
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