Changes to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy were announced Thursday that will raise the standard for discharging gay military members, according to an article from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The article said:

Secretary Gates' changes to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" practices include increasing the standard of evidence required in cases so that most hearsay and "malicious outings" will no longer be allowed to show that a service member is gay and mandating that third party evidence be presented under oath. In addition, the rank of officer accountable for determining whether to initiate action against a member of the military will be raised to general or flag officer.

The ACLU strongly urges Congress to act and repeal the law. There are bills pending in both the House and Senate to repeal the policy, according to the article.