In many ways, the centerpiece dinner of the first OutServe US Armed Services Leadership Summit here was a standard military affair. But as the first gathering of openly gay and lesbian service members drew to a close, there were also tributes to the military personnel whose earlier battles made this moment possible, starting with Leonard Matlovich, the Vietnam war veteran who a generation ago took his fight against the Pentagon’s ban on gays to his grave.
When the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law was imminent, Army National
Guard Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan celebrated in Kuwait by showing her commander a
picture of her same-sex spouse and 4-year-old daughter for the first time. “He looked at that photo and said, ‘Chief, you have a wonderful family ... I look forward to meeting them when we get home,’” she said. “I just smiled and was so proud.” >>>