"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Protester May Get Discharged By National Guard

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A hearing is under way in upstate New York for an Army National Guard officer who publicly announced he was gay to protest the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

A military board in Syracuse could decide if Lt. Dan Choi should be the first New York National Guard member discharged for violating the military's policy against homosexual conduct.

The hearing is being held Tuesday morning in Syracuse because it's the headquarters of the 27th Brigade Combat Team, which overseas the 28-year-old's National Guard unit.

Choi, a 2003 West Point graduate, announced in March that he is gay. The California native served in Iraq with the 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Drum.

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