With a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, the colonel and Tammy Smith ‘was promoted to brigadier general. To ask the pip on the uniform his wife Tracey Hepner.
The promotion of Smith, at the time of the declared homosexual can more ‘up to serve in the army, and’ came to less than one year from the abolition of the ‘do not ask, do not tell’ policy, which prevented the military to declare himself openly gay. Hepner and Smith were married last year in Washington DC, before they had attended for nine years.
After the abolition of the ‘do not ask, do not tell’, the Minister of Defense Leon Panetta with a video on YouTube has officially thanked the gay military for its service. Last June, the Pentagon hosted its first Gay Pride in July and has allowed all military gay march in uniform at the Gay Pride Parade in San Diego, California.