Friday, June 28, 2013
U.S. troops deployed to Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan this week held the first Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Pride event to be observed in a deployed environment.
The Pentagon also held a LGBT Pride Month ceremony on Tuesday, one day before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a heterosexual couple.
During the Pentagon ceremony, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said:
"Our nation has always benefited from the service of gay and lesbian soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Coast Guardsmen, and Marines. Now they can serve openly, with full honor, integrity and respect. This makes our military and our nation stronger, much stronger."