US military milestone: end to ban on gay service

In this photo taken Sept. 15, 2011, in Chicago, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach stands along the shore of Lake Michgan. Fehrenbach, an F-15E fighter pilot, announced he was gay on national TV in 2009 after the Air Force started discharge proceedings against him. The end to the U.S.'s long-standing ban on openly gay troops serving in the military ends on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Fehrenbach retires after 20 years in the Air Force on the first of October. Fehrenbach's discharge proceedings were interrupted by the repeal, and he was never kicked out. The U.S. joins 29 other nations, including Israel, Canada, Germany and Sweden, that allow gay individuals to serve openly in their militaries. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

September 20, 2011 3:55:12 PM PDT
The U.S. military passed a historic milestone Tuesday with the repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in uniform, ending a prohibition that President Barack Obama said had forced gay and lesbian service members to "lie about who they are."