Advisors have been appointed to prepare the US military for the lifting of a ban on openly gay soldiers.
This after President Obama’s decision for policy change.
Campaigners, including an openly gay Bishop, say everyone has the right to serve their country.
Reverend Gene Robinson said: “To be told that we are not worthy of that, or that somehow we’re a danger, not a help, is just another systemic way of saying to us ‘you don’t count, your families don’t count, you are not equal’.
A so-called “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for the military was signed into law in 1993 by Democratic President Bill Clinton. This as a compromise after the armed services objected to his calls to open its doors to gay people.
It is estimated that some 13,500 military personnel have been dismissed under that law, which Obama promised to repeal.
US military prepares to accept openly gay soldiers