ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It was the little gestures that put Navy Lt. Gary Ross at ease in the weeks after the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay service members.
When he went to work, his boss asked him: "How's Dan?" — a reference to Ross' husband.
Fears that repeal of the ban would be met with diminished morale were nowhere to be seen, and Gary says it wasn't the disaster that some people predicted.
The couple was in Alaska for a weekend commissioning of Gary's new ship, the USS Anchorage. They say the military has been nothing but supportive.
Overwhelming acceptance seems to be the experience of most gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender service members. That's according to The American Military Partner Association, a support network for gay military families.
From the Associated PressMark Thiessen