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Lt. Dan Choi, You're In The Army Now!

First Posted: 10/19/10 11:50 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:05 PM ET

Dan Choi Reenlists
Dan Choi, right, an Iraq War veteran and a West Point graduate who was discharged from the military in July because he announced publicly that he is gay, sits waiting inside the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Times Square, hoping to re-enlist on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The New Civil Rights Movement:

Lt. Dan Choi, the Iraq war veteran, Arab linguist, and West Point grad turned "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal activist, today got what he had said he wanted from day one: the opportunity to serve his country in the armed forces again. This afternoon, amid dozens of reporters, and thousands of passersby -- most totally unaware they were seeing history in the making -- Lt. Dan Choi, the former Army infantry officer, re-enlisted in the military, this time, as an out gay man.

Lt. Choi, who has become the poster child for repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law barring gays from serving openly in the military, had said from the start of his battle to force the government to accept openly gay and lesbian service members into the military, and keep them from discharging them under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," that he would be the first to re-enlist as soon as it was legal for him to do so.

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