Pentagon gives the rainbow light for parade

Last updated 10:28 20/07/2012

Relevant offers

Americas

US pledges $53 million in new aid for Ukraine's struggle Lady al Qaeda seeks to drop legal appeal House approves Obama's Iraq-Syria military strategy Ebola survivor Kent Brantly addresses US Congress Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with rare cancer Obama: US will not fight another ground war Dozen bushfires rage in drought-hit California US ground troops may face Islamic State From prison, Manning offers punditry on Iraq Mexico to airlift tourists after Hurricane Odile

The US Department of Defense says it will allow service members to march in uniform in a gay pride parade for the first time in history.

The Pentagon issued a military-wide directive saying it was making an exception to its policy that generally bars troops from marching in uniform in parades.

The exception was being made for San Diego's Gay Pride Parade that will take place on Sunday (NZT).

The department said it was making the exception because parade organisers had invited service members to march in uniform and the matter was getting national attention.

The exception is only for this year's parade in San Diego and does not extend beyond that, the Pentagon said.
Parade organisers welcomed the news.

"San Diego Pride is honoured to have the privilege of celebrating our country and our service members with dignity and respect,'' said San Diego LGBT Pride executive director Dwayne Crenshaw. "The fight for equality is not over and it is not easy, but this is a giant leap in the right direction."

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content