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Military's 'Will and Grace' generation more tolerant of gays
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2007 5:08 AM CST
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(Newser) – The US military, whose resources are stretched overseas, has become far more tolerant of gays. One Army sergeant turned over a video of a passionate kiss with his boyfriend to superior officers and was merely told to go back to work, according to a "60 Minutes" investigation to be aired Sunday. "I don't care if you're gay or not," he said one officer told him.

Annual discharges of gays have dropped from 1,200 in 2001 to 600 now. "They don't care," a former Marine avionics technician tells Lesley Stahl. "These are our peers, the 'Will and Grace' generation. They grew up with it in the media. They see gay people as people— Americans."