Troops To March In San Diego's Gay Pride Parade

A former Navy operations specialist is organizing what is believed to be the nation's first military contingent of active-duty troops and veterans to lead a gay pride parade.

Sean Sala says the group will march Saturday in San Diego's parade, the nation's fifth largest.

The national Servicemembers Legal Defense Network said they told Sala they are warning military personnel that it is a risk to come out as long as "don't ask, don't tell" is on the books. The group represents thousands of gay and lesbian active-duty military members.
Sala says it's time for the gay and lesbian community to stop hiding in fear.

The Pentagon says no one will be discharged, for now, under the 17-year ban on openly gay troops to comply with a July 6 court order.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    Live and let live.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 05:50 PM
    Wonder how many Marines will be marching along?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 06:47 PM in reply to
      More than you can imagine. It's not your daddy's country anymore.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 06:57 PM in reply to
        Unfortunately, you're right. More's the pity, because we were better off as a nation when it WAS our "daddy's country". At least back then, this type of sickness was rightfully reviled, rather than celebrated.
  • by Kane on Jul 15, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    It is no longer shocking to be gay.
  • by jacobi Location: greenville on Jul 15, 2011 at 04:29 PM
    MY GOD! Why can't we all just get along. Who cares who loves who. I will admit the hetrosexuals won't let it die and the Gays won't either. This should never be a big issue, who cares! Gays and Straights both serve our country whooptie doo! I admire anyone who fights for us. Gay, Straight, black, white, chinese, japanese, korean, Puerto rican, mexican, male, female. Everyone who is against Gays, Just stop and think it could be your child! You gonna throw them out? disown them? We are in a whole different era people, get rid of the hate! "LOVE ONE ANOTHER SISTERS AND BROTHERS" God, the Bible really people. "ask and ye shall be forgiven" I guess when I arrive at the pearly gates and ask God to forgive me for being gay and he refuses then I guess I will be going to hell in a handbasket, tell you one thing it will be a fabulous handbasket. Oh and you hypocrates on here bring some extra ice water when you get there, because thou shall really not judge! And you will definately be right there with me!
  • by lyn Location: martin county on Jul 15, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    why can't the 'straight' troop gather and march in a parade for pride in sex the way God intended "ONE MAN ONE WOMAN". Naw , that would be banned and the civil liberties union would be all over it.
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      by Doug on Jul 15, 2011 at 04:04 PM in reply to lyn
      Why don't you organize it, Lyn? I'll bet you could have your parade and nobody would complain. You really can't say until you try.
  • by Autarchic Location: Trenton, NC on Jul 15, 2011 at 01:41 PM
    It is a sad state of affairs when people are too stupid to know the differences between men and women!
  • by Hetroman on Jul 15, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    When will there be a Hetro pride parade.Oh wait,that would be gay.Anyway I agree with posted in uniform.Heck even a correctional officer cant walk in a liquor store after work with his uniform on.If he does and gets caught he is fired.
  • by 2centsworth Location: greenville on Jul 15, 2011 at 01:05 PM
    SICK SICK SICK, probably if those who are marching are gays too. Makeem take off the uniforms.
  • by Sheri Location: Jamesville on Jul 15, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    What an absolute embarrassment to our military and to our nation!!!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 01:43 PM in reply to Sheri
      A little homophobic, aren't we? Your Frank Burns mentality does not work any more.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 06:17 PM in reply to
        "Homophobia" implies that people who decry this type of behavior are afraid of homosexuals. Such is not the case. There's a difference between being afraid of them, which we're not...and being sickened and disgusted by their behavior, which we are...as anyone with common sense and morals should be.
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          by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2011 at 06:10 PM in reply to
          Amen.
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:59 PM in reply to
        Yes, I think the anon poster got it right...some behavior just wants to make you hurl.
  • by fred Location: martin co on Jul 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    Kick all of them out of the military
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      by wow on Jul 15, 2011 at 12:45 PM in reply to fred
      That is really intellegnt Fred. "Hey lets kick out these people who want to serve their country just because they like the same sex!" "Great idea Billy Bob them there homosexuils ain't worth a darn."
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        by 250 on Jul 15, 2011 at 04:47 PM in reply to wow
        One lone comment. 2 thoughts. Homosexuality in the human race (species) is "unbiblical". This country was founded for religious freedom. NOT SEXUAL FREEDOMS! Done!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 01:54 PM in reply to fred
      Ah...in support of homophobia, bigotry and discrimination. That's the American way.
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Jul 15, 2011 at 03:45 PM in reply to
        The best place to buy ice is in the parking lot at the Food Lion in Washington. Price is reasonable. If you are military, you might get a discount....
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        by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 03:58 PM in reply to
        Very well put. That will not set well with the "America - Love it or Leave It" minions.
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        by ?? on Jul 15, 2011 at 06:19 PM in reply to
        No such thing as "homophobia", which is just a PC term designed to shame people who are naturally revolted by the whole idea of homosexuality. Who's afraid of them? Not me. I'm just disgusted by the choice they've made to rebel against God and biology.
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