Defense Department: Soldiers Can March In Uniform In San Diego Pride Parade

Today, the Department of Defense announced that all active duty military may march in uniform at Saturday’s San Diego Pride Parade. “Based on our current knowledge of the event and existing policies, we hereby are granting approval for service members in uniform to participate in this year’s parade,” a memo from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense explained. Hundreds of active-duty service members have been planning to march in uniform at the parade, but were uncertain how many would get approval by their branch of service to do so. “San Diego Pride is honored to have the privilege of celebrating our country and our servicemembers 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.”

Ben Sherman