Military Members Can March At Pride Parade
Pentagon Says Exception Is Being Made For This Weekend's San Diego Pride Parade; Service Members Allowed To March In Uniform
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The Department of Defense is allowing service members to march in uniform in a gay pride parade for the first time in U.S. history.
The Pentagon Thursday 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 is being made for the Pride Parade that will take place Saturday in San Diego.
The Defense Department says it is making the exception because parade organizers had invited service members to march in uniform and the matter was getting national attention.
The Pentagon says the exception is only for this year's parade in San Diego and does not extend beyond that.
Parade organizers welcomed the news.
"San Diego Pride is honored 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."