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By Tom Fitton
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Topic - Outserve
Army Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith on Friday became the first openly gay flag officer in the U.S. military, according to OutServe, an advocacy group for gay service members.
Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Defense Department will salute them, marking June as "gay pride month" just as it has other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups.
Marine Corps Sgt. Brandon Morgan's passionate kiss with his boyfriend at an on-base military-family homecoming was photographed and posted on the "Gay Marine" Facebook page, triggering an outpouring of support — and some dissent.
An association of gays in the military has more than doubled its membership since last year, is setting up more on-base chapters, and plans to hold its next national conference at a Defense Department resort at Walt Disney World.
The United States formally ends a decades-old ban on open gays in the ranks on Tuesday, a historic day that the military services hope will pass as routinely as roll calls, marching and lights-out.
With the official end of the U.S. military's ban two weeks away, gay-rights activists are pressing the Pentagon for more than just the right to serve openly.
An underground gay group in the military wants recruiters to reach out to the gay community in the same way they target blacks, Hispanics and women.
Defense and military officials are working quietly on plans they hope will reverse some of the weapons cuts and defense policy changes made by outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who said in a recent speech that he had canceled 30 arms programs during 4 1/2 years on the job