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From left, Petty Officer Autumn Sandeen, Lt. Dan Choi, Cpl. Evelyn Thomas, Capt. Jim Pietrangelo II, Cadet Mara Boyd and Petty Officer Larry Whitt stand together on April 16 after they handcuffed themselves to the fence outside the White House during a protest for gay rights. A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday stopping enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, halting the military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops. (Associated Press)

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