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Gay Ex-Officer to Testify Against Military's Ban

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - If the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy were lifted today, Mike Almy says he would not think twice about returning to the Air Force.

The former major who was fired in 2006 for being gay will testify Thursday in Riverside during a non-jury federal trial that is presenting the biggest constitutional test in recent years to the military's policy banning openly gay service members.

The Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights organization, is challenging the policy's constitutionality. Lawyers for the group are seeking a federal injunction to immediately halt the policy banning openly gay service members.

Government lawyers say Congress should decide the issue, and not
a court. President Obama wants the policy repealed.

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