Lifting the ban on openly gay and lesbian troops entails little risk of damaging ongoing U.S. military operations, according to sources familiar with the results of a massive Pentagon survey about the issue. Almost three-quarters of those surveyed -- including hundreds of thousands of active-duty and reserve troops -- said repealing "Don't ask, don't tell" would have positive, mixed or no effects on the military. A draft report about the results, said to be about 370 pages in length, is circulating among top Pentagon officials.

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