AP sources: Panetta to OK end of military gay ban

Leon Panetta, right, is sworn is as Defense Secretary by Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson, Friday, July 1, 2011, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

July 21, 2011 5:19:00 PM PDT
Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has decided to end the ban on gays serving openly in the armed services and certify that repealing the 17-year-old prohibition will not hurt the military's ability to fight, officials said Thursday.