Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Tuesday morning that there would be some big changes to the Military Equal Opportunity policy to reflect gay and lesbian servicemen and women.
The Department of Defense has updated the Military Equal Opportunity policy so sexual orientation will for the first time be included and will ensure everyone — no matter the race, religion, color, sex, age and national origin — be treated equally to maintain a more inclusive environment.
“The Department of Defense has made a lasting commitment to living the values we defend — to treating everyone equally — because we need to be a meritocracy,” Carter said during the LGBT Pride Month Ceremony at the Pentagon auditorium. “We need to focus relentlessly on our mission, which means the thing that matters most about a person is what they can contribute to national defense. This is a commitment we must continually renew.”