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Officers Allegedly Resigned After Gay Ban Lifted

British Military
Officers Allegedly Resigned After Gay Ban Lifted

Several lower-ranking officers in the United Kingdom's Royal Navy resigned out of protest after the country lifted its ban on gays in the military, according to a story in The Times of London. A restricted document, obtained by The Times under the Freedom of Information Act, also claims that soldiers were so hesitant to undress or expose themselves in the presence of their gay comrades that they suggested gay-only restrooms and showers.

Several lower-ranking officers in the United Kingdom's Royal Navy resigned out of protest after the country lifted its ban on gays in the military, according to a story in The Times of London.

A restricted document, obtained by TheTimes under the Freedom of Information Act, also claims that soldiers were so hesitant to undress or expose themselves in the presence of their gay comrades that they suggested gay-only restrooms and showers. Royal Air Force families reportedly worried about same-sex partners moving into family lodgings and affecting their children.

The country's Ministry of Defense has concluded, however, that the change in policy has had no significant effect on the military's effectiveness, and there has been only one complaint of homosexual harassment since the ban was lifted.

A Royal Navy spokesperson also refuted the document's information. According to England's Western Morning News, Commander Graham Beard, the equality and diversity officer, said, "I believe to the best of my knowledge that the statement is inaccurate. I do not believe that elected personnel, due to that ban being lifted, resigned from their jobs. We have absolutely no records of that and I believe we would if that had been so stated. Our teams go through those files with a fine-toothed comb."

The United Kingdom ended the ban on gays in the military in January 2000, after the European Court of Human Rights criticized the policy for interfering with private life. (The Advocate)

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