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FILE - In this June 13, 2012 file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking gay pride month just as it marks other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups.  Officials said Thursday that they're planning the first-ever event to recognize gay and lesbian troops.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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