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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 11:52am

Gay Ban Repealed Without Fanfare

Updated: 3 years ago.
Demonstrators in Savannah rally for the rights of gay and lesbian citizens, including the right to serve openly in the nation's military. (photo Queer Power March)

The repeal effective Tuesday of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy could mean a return to arms for some Georgians.

The landmark day for gay rights is being greeted like any other at Georgia military schools.

The military branches already have trained most all of their personnel and cadets on the policy.

Army military science professor Col. Michael Pyott of North Georgia College and State University says, the training there was met without complaint or fanfare.

"As I've looked at this generation of kids and how they've responded to a lot of issues, this generation is much more open to the differences and accepting of differences," Col. Pyott says.

Twenty-eight year-old former Army Sergeant Warren Arbury of Savannah was honorably discharged after eight-years of service for being gay.

He says, he wants to re-enlist.

"I don't know in what capacity yet, but I do," Arbury says. "As I've said, I'd be happy to go in as a brand new private. Send me to basic training again."

Arbury says, he was born to be a soldier and has struggled outside the Army.

He's one of an estimated 14,000 people discharged under the ban.