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Same-sex couples fight for equal treatment in military

They still face exclusion after ‘Don’t Ask’ ends

SANFORD, N.C. — First Lieutenant Nakisha Hardy spent the first nine months of her marriage on a remote Army base in Afghanistan, a tour of duty punctuated by sporadic mortar blasts and constant e-mails to her spouse back home.

The strains of that separation lingered even after Hardy returned to Fort Bragg in September.

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