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    Pentagon to Recognize Gay Troops

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19:  U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill April 19, 2012 in Washington, DC. The two leaders testified about recent developments in the Middle East including the situation in Syria.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    The Pentagon is planning its first-ever event to recognize gay and lesbian troops, officials said on Thursday. The event, which will coincide with gay pride month, is the first time the Pentagon has honored gay soldiers since the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in September. Officials said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants to bestow this honor.

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