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"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) no longer applies in the U.S. military. Now gay, lesbian and bisexual members of the armed forces can parade their sexual orientation in public. The Pentagon will salute its non-heterosexual members with a gay pride parade.

“Now that we’ve repealed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ he feels it’s important to find a way this month to recognize the service and professionalism of gay and lesbian troops,” said Navy Capt. John Kirby, a spokesman.

Gays in the military feel good about the military's transition to allow openly gay soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines, etc.. “I don’t think it’s just moving along smoothly, I think it’s accelerating faster than we even thought the military would as far as progress goes,” said Air Force 1st Lt. Josh Seefried representing Outserve, a professional association for gay service members.

President Obama signed legislation to repeal the 18-year-old policy of DADT on December 22, 2010. ArmyTimes.com reports: Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups.

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  • Daryl 2012/06/14 23:03:46
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    Daryl
    +20
    Our military should focus on competence, honor and valor not on celebrating homosexuality.

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  • Drake 2012/08/28 20:03:12
  • Teresa 2012/06/17 16:23:00
    Approve
    Teresa
    +1
    What's the matter? It's only allowing them to use their uniform in gay parades! It happens all around the world
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  • ruthannhausman 2012/06/16 23:47:54
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    ruthannhausman
    I have never disapproved of gays in the military and can still recall many years ago reading about the Air Force sergeant who had 18 years of service and lost everything because he got outed as a gay. He was a war veteran and had medals. I always thought that was an injustice.

    That having been said, please note I am not a biased person, but the military is not the place for this nonsense. Serve your country with pride and humility and dignity and leave the personal crap at home.
  • Demonic Rat Hunter 2012/06/16 02:58:15
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    Demonic Rat Hunter
    Glad I retired 20 years ago.
    Can you hear the music as they dust of the Bay City Rollers.

    They won't be marching I'm sure but they will be " Dancing and a Prancing".
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/06/15 23:36:56
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    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +1
    This is what they do with our tax dollars. More shameful tomfukkery from the Maobama regime.
  • Constitution Believer 2012/06/15 23:22:16 (edited)
  • J 2012/06/15 19:55:01
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    J
    +1
    So now we not only define our military by their sexual desires, we make a holiday out of it. Our country is getting so sickening. Where are the REAL men and women in this nation?
  • The One 2012/06/15 18:30:35
  • Constit... The One 2012/06/15 23:35:23
  • The One Constit... 2012/06/16 21:52:23
  • Constit... The One 2012/06/17 04:25:26
  • Brendan Mcdonald 2012/06/15 18:04:47
    Approve
    Brendan Mcdonald
    +2
    You mad bro?
  • frank 2012/06/15 17:39:45
    Disapprove
    frank
    +5
    Does the Pentagon have a plan for straight service members?
  • Ron in ... frank 2012/06/15 19:33:58
    Ron in Oregon
    +2
    We need to have a straight pride parade.
  • Constit... frank 2012/06/15 23:36:51
  • frank Constit... 2012/06/16 16:32:32
    frank
    I know, that is why I said what I did.
  • Peacock 2012/06/15 17:31:09
    Disapprove
    Peacock
    +2
    I don't like it. A parade for the Military should inclusive of all members. THAT is what I call equality.
  • Teresa 2012/06/15 16:52:49
    Approve
    Teresa
    +1
    For a couple of the best friends I've ever made, before DADT was repealed. Besides, from the small picture it appears they are dressed and behaving appropriately. But on the other hand I dont want to have to do mandatory "sensitivity" training, which I know will happen...another one to add to the list...
  • Samantha 2012/06/15 16:39:19
    Approve
    Samantha
    +1
    I totally approve.
  • Constit... Samantha 2012/06/15 23:41:10
  • Samantha Constit... 2012/06/15 23:42:19
    Samantha
    +1
    Why do you assume I'm a lesbian? I'm not, but I do support marriage equality for gays and lesbians.
  • Constit... Samantha 2012/06/16 03:12:51
  • Samantha Constit... 2012/06/16 03:15:51 (edited)
    Samantha
    +1
    Please tell me why the first two on the list are relevant. Using your twisted logic, we'd deny equality to heterosexual couples who don't have children or who, due to some medical issue, can't have biological children. Your argument is seriously flawed. The remainder of your comments are just obnoxious.

    I support marriage equality because it's the moral thing to do.
  • Constit... Samantha 2012/06/16 03:30:26
  • angie45 2012/06/15 16:35:33
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    angie45
    +2
    lets just go back to the basics....guess everyone wants extras these days.
  • elijahin24 2012/06/15 15:02:28
    Approve
    elijahin24
    +3
    I'm very proud of our military leadership, for recognizing the service and patriotism, as well as the courage of our gay brothers and sisters. Of course haters will hate, but the fact of the matter is, there was something wrong, and we've fixed it, and now we can celebrate heroism in all of its forms. To my gay brothers and sisters, I salute you.
  • Simmeri... elijahin24 2012/06/15 17:48:08
    Simmering Frog - PHART
    Specifically, what was wrong?
  • elijahin24 Simmeri... 2012/06/15 17:57:53
    elijahin24
    +1
    They were forced to hide an important fact about who they are.
  • Simmeri... elijahin24 2012/06/15 18:01:55
    Simmering Frog - PHART
    +1
    Do you think we would have won WWII any faster if the homosexuals were open about it?
  • elijahin24 Simmeri... 2012/06/15 18:08:11
  • Simmeri... elijahin24 2012/06/16 00:58:02
    Simmering Frog - PHART
    The purpose of the military is to protect the country, not to make homosexuals feel good about themselves. Same goes for Nasa and the Muslims.
  • elijahin24 Simmeri... 2012/06/16 14:43:08
    elijahin24
    It isn't to make them feel bad about themselves either. Every parade that takes place in this country, soldiers are allowed to march in uniform, except this one, until now. So you can bitch about it all you like, but guess what, gays are getting closer to full equality, and there isn't a damn thing you or your bigoted friends can do about it.
  • Simmeri... elijahin24 2012/06/16 18:46:59
    Simmering Frog - PHART
    You're weird.
  • elijahin24 Simmeri... 2012/06/18 18:28:19
    elijahin24
    Well argued.
  • Rebel Yell 2012/06/15 14:52:35
    Approve
    Rebel Yell
    +4
    Good Lord. Are those old dinosaurs collecting dust in the Pentagon aware of this? I hope they have their heart meds nearby.
  • Cuppajo 2012/06/15 13:46:23
    Disapprove
    Cuppajo
    +5
    Is it really "equal rights" when you demand something extra?
  • elijahin24 Cuppajo 2012/06/15 15:03:30
    elijahin24
    +1
    They aren't demanding it. It's being offered. And given the way they've been forced to hide, it seems like a pretty small gesture.
  • Cuppajo elijahin24 2012/06/15 15:55:00
    Cuppajo
    +3
    Sorry, not buying.
    You're in the military, you're a soldier. Nothing else.
  • elijahin24 Cuppajo 2012/06/15 17:18:43
    elijahin24
    +1
    Well, no. That's not quite true. Speaking only for myself, I'm many things. I'm a soldier, I'm a father, I'm a boyfriend. I'm a friend, I'm an atheist, I'm a Liberal, and I'm a sports-fan. People are allowed to wear their dress uniform to get married, or to a ball held by political leaders. All that this does, is allow soldiers to march in uniform, in the gay-pride parades taking place all over the country. They are now able to show their pride as soldiers. Why is that different than any of the other places we can go in uniform?
  • Cuppajo elijahin24 2012/06/15 22:14:43
    Cuppajo
    +1
    I guess you never got told, "If Uncle Sam wants you to have a spouse, he'd issue you one."

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