U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Chesapeake, criticized a Pentagon decision allowing uniformed members of the Armed Services to participate in a gay pride march in San Diego last week.
In a story published by The Hill Magazine, Forbes said he was "calling on the DOD to halt these dangerous exceptions to policy for political purposes." Forbes added,"This decision was an outrageous and blatantly political determination issued solely to advance this administration’s social agenda."
The military bans service members from participating in rallies and other political events while in uniform. The troops even participating in the rally would have been impermissible several years ago, when the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was still in effect, barring openly gay service members. President Obama signed legislation repealing the policy and has also expressed support for allowing same-sex couples to marry.