German cabinet agrees to compensate gay soldiers for discrimination

Homosexuals who faced discrimination in the German military are to have their records cleared and be given monetary compensation, under draft legislation agreed to by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday.Homosexual acts were considered criminal in the German military up until the late 1960s. Later, gay servicemen and women were no longer kicked out but still faced discrimination, for example by not being allowed to take on certain responsibilities.New personnel rules were introduced in 2000 to put an end to institutionalized discrimination of homosexual soldiers in Germany’s armed f…

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