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Charges Dropped Against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Protesters

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By Meymo Lyons

Prosecutors have dropped all charges against an openly gay Iraq War veteran who twice chained himself to a White House fence to protest the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Lt. Dan Choi and a gay army captain honorably discharged for disclosing his sexual orientation stood trial Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court on charges of failure to obey police orders during the March and April protests. All charges were dropped against both men.

Choi and his attorney had subpoenaed President Barack Obama to appear in the courtroom, but an attorney for the prosecution said the subpoena wasn't served.

Prosecutor Christine Chang declined to comment on why the government dropped the case.

Choi said he believes Obama administration officials did not want to draw attention to the policy.

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