San Diego LGBT Pride Parade

LGBT group celebrates ends of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

City News Service

Members of San Diego's gay and lesbian community will gather Tuesday night at the San Diego LGBT Community Center to celebrate the expiration of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell'' policy.

Obama administration officials in July announced the end of the 17-year-old policy, which kept openly gay people from serving in the armed forces.

Ari Waldman, a professor at the California Western School of Law, estimated that 11,000 to 13,000 people were discharged for being gay since 1993.

He said he does not see the end of the ban on service by homosexuals as likely to create huge problems for service members...