While Congress has repealed the law requiring a military ban on openly gay troops, the current "don't ask, don't tell" policy is still in effect, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who issued a memo last week reminding troops they still face "adverse consequences" if they violate the policy. The legislation repealing the policy requires at least a 60-day waiting period after the White House and the Pentagon certify that the military is ready to allow openly gay and lesbian service members.

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