The promotion of Smith, the highest-ranking gay or lesbian to acknowledge their sexual orientation while serving, comes less than a year after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the policy that did not allow gay or lesbians to serve openly in the military.
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The Pentagon is preparing for a repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the US military
A US Army officer has become the first openly gay person in the country to be promoted to the ranks of Brigadier General, marking an important achievement for the gay rights advocates. Tammy Smith's promotion took place on Friday in a private...