With the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" comes another victory for gay and lesbian soldiers - they can now march in the San Diego Gay Pride Parade in uniform. Last year, about 200 soldiers marched, but wearing t-shirts of their respective branches, not in uniform. The Defense Department, which doesn't normally allow soldiers to march in uniform during non-military parades, made an exception for the San Diego parade because its organizers encouraged the move and the event was getting national attention.
This move comes only weeks after the Pentagon joined the rest of the US government in marking June as Gay Pride month, and only a year after the repeal of the long standing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, which prevented service members from revealing or asking about their sexual orientation and threatened homosexual soldiers with a discharge.
The Pentagon has stated that this exception is only for this years parade in San Diego, but that military personnel wearing civilian clothes do not need permission to march in any parades.