Pentagon to celebrate gay pride

2012-06-15 15:08

Washington – Less than a year after ending the ban on gays in the military, the Pentagon said it would celebrate gay pride month with an event planned for later this month.

Defence department spokesperson Eileen Lainez said details would be provided later about the event, which coincides with gay pride month in the US.

“We’ll share specific details as they are finalised,” Lainez said.

More than 14 500 US service members were thrown out of the military under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, which from 1993 until it ended nine months ago allowed homosexuals to serve only if their sexual orientation was kept secret.

In May, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said there had been no impact on morale, unit cohesion or readiness after ending the ban on gays – disproving fears of some top brass about a fallout from the shift in policy in wartime.

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