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Service medals to be restored to gay military personnel

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Thousands of British military personnel who were dismissed on grounds of homosexuality will be able to have their service medals restored if they had been taken away when they were kicked out of the armed forces, the Guardian reports.

Gay rights campaigners welcomed the move as the “first step on a journey” but said that issues such as enduring criminal records, lost pension rights and still blemished service records now needed to be dealt with by the Ministry of Defence.

By law, gay men and lesbian women were banned from serving in the British military until 2000. About 200 to 250 were thrown out each year because of their sexuality, and frequently had their service medals removed.

 

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