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Pentagon: No Separate Facilities For Gay Servicemembers

World-news-august-04-2010
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"A large number of Service members expressed their discomfort in sharing bathroom facilities or living quarters with those they know to be gay or lesbian," the report reads. "The Working Group recommends that the Department of Defense prohibit the creation of separate bathroom and shower facilities based on sexual orientation. Besides being logistically impractical, 'separate but equal' facilities would wrongly isolate and stigmatize some Service members."

The reviews recommendations are, of course, just recommendations and nonbinding. But both Defense Secretary Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mullen said today they fully support the report, and Gates told reporters, "The bottom line of the report is, No separate facilities."