In what is seen as a major milestone in fight against gay discrimination, the Pentagon has confirmed that it will allow uniformed military personnel to take part in this weekend's gay pride parade.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Rene Bardorf said in an internal memo Thursday that soldiers could march in an individual capacity in the San Diego Pride Parade in California on Saturday.
Soldiers are prohibited from taking part in parades that further political activities or commercial interests, and must defer to the judgment of local commanders when it comes to determining which actions are appropriate.
The military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy came to an end last September after nearly two decades, marking a milestone in the quest for gay rights.
An estimated 14,000 troops were expelled from the force under the law, which had been in place since 1993.