US Gay Troops

June 15, 2012 - 10:05 AM
FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2011 file photo, Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va., after Gaeta's ship returned from 80 days at sea. In the summer of 2011, gays in the military dared not acknowledge their sexual orientation. Now, just a year later, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups. (AP Photo/Virginian-Pilot, Brian J. Clark, File)