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**FILE** A person in favor of repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy holds a sign Dec. 2 behind Defense Secretary Robert Gates (left) on Capitol Hill during a Senate Armed Services Committee's policy hearing. (Associated Press)
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**FILE** A person in favor of repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy holds a sign Dec. 2 behind Defense Secretary Robert Gates (left) on Capitol Hill during a Senate Armed Services Committee's policy hearing. (Associated Press)

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