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Troops march in San Diego's gay pride parade

July 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Crowds cheered for military men and women in San Diego this weekend, as they marched publicly in a gay pride parade.

Some 200 active-duty service members and veterans marched in Saturday's parade, carrying signs and wearing T-shirts naming their branch of service.

Many of the active-duty troops said they were moved to come out because it is time to end the military's ban on openly gay troops.

The march comes a day after a federal appeals court reinstated "don't ask, don't tell" but with a caveat that prevents the government from investigating or penalizing anyone who is openly gay.

The Associated Press contributed to this story