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Gay Troops Get Special Thanks From Defense Secretary (Video)

Panetta Thanks Gay Troops

Gay and lesbian troops are getting singled out for praise from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. He recorded a special thank you to gay and lesbian troops in honor of Pride month, less than a year after the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal went into effect.

In his video message, Panetta officially recognizes June as Pride month, and also thanks lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civilians for their service to our country:

"Pursuit of equality is fundamental to the American story."

The Pentagon is also planning to hold an event honoring gay and lesbian troops this month, according to the Associated Press.

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