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"As we mark the end of America's combat mission in Iraq," President Barack Obama said this week, "a grateful America must pay tribute to all who served there." He should have added "unless you're gay."

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Since "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993, 13,500 soldiers, sailors and Marines have been discharged from the military.

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The anti-Proposition 8 protests were one form of gay rights activism taking place recently around Los Angeles, but a related issue was the subject of a rally led by former Lt. Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and Arab linguist who was discharged from the Army National Guard earlier this month for coming out publicly: Choi wanted to remind the visiting president about his pledge to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

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