"Homosexuality should not have been characterized as a mental disorder in an appendix of a procedural instruction," Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Jeremy Martin told the Associated Press
in response to public and congressional outcry over a Pentagon document listing homosexuality as a disorder
. The document, called the Defense Department Instruction, listed homosexuality as a physical defect along with mental retardation and personality disorders. The American Psychological Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses in 1973.
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