Connections connection (the new gay marriage laws in some US states): Amsterdam has a pretty extravagant yearly “gay day” called Gay Pride. The most eye catching part is the Canal Parade going through the canals of the city center. Look here to get an idea of what’s going on there.
Last year, the defense department forbid the uniform to be worn at the parade, stating it would “harm the dignity of the uniform”. Mind you, Amsterdams major Job Cohen (you cannot imagine a more un-gay person) joined in the festivities, in representative function (see his “major chain“).
This year, the secretary of defence withdrew the uniform rule, but added the department has no involvement whatsoever with the event and “does not see how Gay pride adds to a more positive attitude towards people with different sexual orientations”. Erm, maybe Cohen does and you can ask him?