ELEMENT OF SURPRISE The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Britain's 30-year ban on homosexuals in the military was unlawful. A look at military policy around the globe:
No ban, but keep it out of the barracks France, Spain, Belgium, Canada, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands
No ban, but no gays in leadership roles Germany
Exempted from mandatory service Italy, Finland, Taiwan, Greece
Don't ask, don't tell U.S.
Can't serve because of untreatable disease Chile
Banned Turkey, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela
No such thing as gay Japan, Russia, China...