The streets of San Diego, California, went on Saturday for the first time in U.S. history, the gay parade of uniformed soldiers. Dozens of army marched next to an old military truck decorated with rainbow flag gay communities. They were accompanied by dozens of military personnel dressed in civilian clothes.
Watching the parade of people were holding a banner with the slogan: "Thank you for your service." One of the women waving posters, which read: "My son-gay is the naval officer."
- This is an important day - said serving in the armed naval Brian, who was walking in the parade with his partner, a civilian named Hunter.
- We can talk more freely about our lives. None of us leads a double life - said another participant in the parade. Last year, about 200 active military service members took part in a gay parade in San Diego, but they were not wearing uniforms.
Permission for the gay parade of uniformed soldiers, issued on Thursday, the U.S. Defense Department. This is the first such permit issued from time to depart from the policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in September last year. This rule prohibits homosexual orientation manifested his service in the U.S. armed forces. In the years 1993-2011 were thrown from the service because of this more than 14.5 thousand. military.
The policy of "Do not ask, do not tell" was withdrawn at a time when increased support for homosexual unions. From the findings of the Gallup Institute show that half of adult Americans support marriage for same-sex. In May this year. Presidentexpressed his support for gay marriage.
U.S. military service last month celebrated the first gay pride months in the Pentagon. Other federal agencies like the CIA celebrated the month of years.
In the past, only veterans of the armed forces (and not the person on duty) had agreed to participate in gay pride parades in uniform. Commanders may authorize in specific cases, but there was a general permit.