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The military generally does not allow male and female troops to room together, whether or not they are in a sexual relationship.

“Will commanders have the authority to separate two known homosexual soldiers who are rooming together?” he asked. “Or would there have to be some evidence that they were engaging in sexual activity?

“There are a lot of thorny issues down where the rubber meets the road,” he said.

He said he is worried that the absence of regulations about what constitutes acceptable behavior once the ban is lifted would create gray areas and cause problems for young commanders seeking to deal with potentially explosive conflicts.

“I have not seen any proposed regulations,” he said. “There is a lack of clarity. … What are the rules, regulations and policies which let our soldiers know what is acceptable?”

Ms. Lainez said, “Repeal will lead to some changes to policies, but many of our policies require no change” because they were “sexual-orientation neutral.”

“We owe absolute clarity on these issues to our junior leaders,” Gen. Mixon said.

The general said he also is concerned about the right to serve for people who object to homosexuality.

“There’s a good number of people in the military who, whether for reasons of religious faith or moral conscience, view homosexuality as unacceptable,” he said.

“How do we protect those folks’ right to serve?” he asked.