1. OUT AND ABOUT

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell Expires

    SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 16:  Marine Jaime Rincon marches down University Avenue, with other military personel, during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or "Don't ask Don't Tell", remains in flux in the justice system  (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

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    Tuesday, the military will take a step closer to equality. The controversial Don't Ask, Don't Tell law is scheduled to run out on Tuesday, meaning that gay and lesbian service members can be open about their sexual orientation and still serve in the military. Recruiters have started accepting enlistment applications from gay and lesbian applicants, and almost all service members have taken special training as a result of the law's repeal. Pentagon spokesman George Little said, "This is something that has been known for a long time. We've gone through a process to certify repeal."

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