July 19, 2012
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 on 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 San Diego's Gay Pride Parade that will take place Saturday.
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.