US uniformed soldiers to be allowed in gay march
July 21, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon will allow uniformed military personnel to march in a gay pride parade this weekend, reflecting the tectonic shift in an institution that long banned openly gay service members.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Rene Bardorf said in an internal memo Thursday that soldiers could march in an individual capacity in the San Diego Pride Parade in California on Saturday.
Soldiers are prohibited from taking part in parades that further political activities or commercial interests, and must defer to the judgment of local commanders when it comes to determining which actions are appropriate.