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Biden pardons military veterans convicted of homosexual acts

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun28,2024

Biden pardons military veterans convicted of homosexual acts

Photo: Members OutVets, a group of gay military veterans, march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston on March 15, 2015.

U.S. President Joe Biden issues a proclamation pardoning military veterans convicted of homosexual acts consensual, which were prohibited in the US military until 2013.

The Biden administration estimates that the pardons will affect thousands of former military personnel who were convicted of sexual relations.

Those who have to this right, will be able to request proof of expungement of a criminal record, change their discharge status from the armed forces and gain access to benefits that they were deprived of due to a criminal record, reports “Voice” of America.

” ;Despite their courage and enormous sacrifice, thousands of LGBTQ+ service members have been forced to leave the military because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,"– noted in Biden's proclamation.

Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice made sodomy illegal. The law, in effect since 1951, was repealed in 2013 when it was amended to criminalize only violent acts.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the president named veterans punished under the law. by this law, “unjustly convicted.”

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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