Service Members Get Official Salute To Wear Uniforms At San Diego Pride

The Defense Department has given its blessing to allow LGBT service members to march in this weekend’s San Diego Pride Parade in uniform, confirming preliminary permission granted by the regional Navy command.

“Based on our current knowledge of the event and existing policies,” read a memo sent Thursday by the Assistant Secretary of Defense, “we hereby are granting approval for service members in uniform to participate in this year’s parade, provided service members participate in their personal capacity and ensure the adherence to Military Service standards of appearance and wear of the military uniform.”

Since members of the Armed Forces are not allowed to represent their branch of service while fundraising or engaging in political campaigning, there was some question as to whether a Pride march constituted a “political statement.”

San Diego LGBT Pride Executive Director Dwayne Crenshaw  called the announcement the sign of a “great day,” but maintained there was still more work to be done: “The fight for equality is not over and it is not easy, but this is a giant leap in the right direction.”