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Marines look for a few good (gay) men and women

On the same day "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was repealed, U.S. Marines wasted no time looking for new recruits.

They were invited to set up shop at the Gay and Lesbian Center in Tulsa, Okla., so they went.

They didn't sign any new recruits, but say they'll be back.

The director of Oklahomans for Equality, Toby Jenkins, told CBS affiliate KOTV in Tulsa the facility is the only gay community center in the country to invite military recruiters.

Jenkins says the door is now open in the military -- gays and lesbians can serve with honor and not have to worry about their personal lives being investigated, which is why he invited military recruiters to the

Equality Center.

Master Sgt. Anthony Henry says the end of the controversial era affords everyone the chance to enlist.

Says Henry, "(Their sexuality) is their business. It's a personal and private matter. I think it's an pportunity for people to serve who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity."

Misty McConahy, who's served in the Oklahoma National Guard for three years, is a behavioral health officer. She's also gay, and told KOTV, "There are several people who are in the National Guard that have been hiding for several years, including myself."

She says the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell changes everything.

"It's a transition for your whole life," she says. "Just being on Facebook, I couldn't say about my life at home."