Gays in U.S. military relieved by end of policy

September 21, 2011 00:51

CHARLESTON, S.C. - For US Marine Corps Reserve Captain Sarah Pezzat, the end on Tuesday of the policy banning gays from serving openly in the US military means she and her partner can now get married.

After years of inventing boyfriends or telling colleagues she lived alone, the Pentagon logistics officer and Naval Academy graduate said she will walk down the aisle in uniform next month and cut her wedding cake with a sword.

The repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is "a happy moment," Pezzat, 31, told Reuters. "Try and spend one day at work and not talk about what you did at home or the discussion you had with your significant other," she said. "It's very hard."

The repeal went into effect on Tuesday, ushering in a new era in the US armed forces.

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