For the first time in history The Pentagon celebrated a gay pride event to recognize the service of gay and lesbian troops on Tuesday
The U.S. military celebrated gay pride month at the Pentagon for the first time on Tuesday, with officials praising the services for smoothly adapting to a law that permits homosexuals to serve openly in the armed forces.
“As recently as three years ago, it would have been hard for many of us, including me, to believe that in the year 2012, a gay man or woman in the armed forces could be honest about their sexual orientation,” the Pentagon’s top lawyer, Jeh Johnson, said in a keynote address.
“How has the military accepted this change? Better than we anticipated,” he said. “I attribute this to the strength of our military and its Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard leadership.”
However, some in the standing-room-only crowd of more than 400 at a Pentagon auditorium expressed concern at the spotty attendance by senior leaders from the different military services, saying it sent the wrong signal.
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