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U.K. Army
Increases Focus on Gay Rights

U.K. Army
Increases Focus on Gay Rights

The United Kingdom's Armed Forces has joined ranks with Stonewall, a British LGBT rights group, to promote equality for gay soldiers, the Press Association Newsfile reported Monday. "One of the Army's six core values is 'respect for others,'" Gen. Sir Richard Dannatt, chief of the general staff, told the Newsfile. "It is therefore our absolute duty to treat our fellow soldiers as we would wish to be treated ourselves."

The United Kingdom's Armed Forces has joined ranks with Stonewall, a British LGBT rights group, to promote equality for gay soldiers, the Press Association Newsfile reported Monday. "One of the Army's six core values is 'respect for others,'" Gen. Sir Richard Dannatt, chief of the general staff, told the Newsfile. "It is therefore our absolute duty to treat our fellow soldiers as we would wish to be treated ourselves."

The partnership follows the U.K.'s 2000 lifting of the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

"This sends out a very powerful message," Ben Summerskill, Stonewall chief executive, told the Newsfile. "We know that this decision has been welcomed not only by personnel in the U.K. but also by lesbians and gay men currently serving on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo."

The Newsfile reported that Stonewall expects to see increased Army recruiting efforts aimed at the LGBT community. (The Advocate)

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