“As we recognize Pride month, I want to personally thank all of our gay and lesbian service members, LGBT civilians, and their families for their dedicated service to our country...The successful repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" proved to the Nation that just like the country we defend, we share different backgrounds, different values, and different beliefs -- but together, we are the greatest military force in the world.”

— Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in a statement Friday recognizing June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month.

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