This just came across the wires:
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Pentagon to allow service members to march in uniform in gay pride parade for first time.And more. Note the symbolism of the date.
Just a day before celebrations begin for this year's San Diego LGBT Pride Festival, the U.S. Department of Defense has authorized all service members to wear their uniforms during the Pride Parade.
The announcement comes after a Navy Region Southwest authorized sailors to march in their uniforms. Thursday's announcement is the final word for all members of the military.
Approval was largely made acceptable by this year’s repeal of the federal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense in Washington sent a memo to all branches of the military Thursday afternoon granting the approval.
"Based on our current knowledge of the event and existing policies," the memo read, "we hereby are granting approval for service members in uniform to participate in this year's parade, provided service members participate in their personal capacity and ensure the adherence to Military Service standards of appearance and wear of the military uniform."
Military personnel march down University Avenue during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or 'Don't ask Don't Tell', remains in flux in the justice system