Germany reveals details of compensation plan for gay soldiers

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07/24/2020

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is working on a bill that would compensate soldiers in Germany’s Bundeswehr military who have been discriminated against because of their homosexuality, RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) reported Saturday. Citing a draft of the bill from Kramp-Karrenbauer’s office, RND said the compensation would not take the form of social benefits. The new rules will be aimed at addressing the discrimination that took place up through the year 2000. The Defense Ministry had announced the arrival of such a bill in early July. In particular, the measures focus on soldiers who were sentenced by a military court for engaging in consensual sexual acts. Homosexuality was illegal in Germany and within its military until the 1960s. In the early days of the Bundeswehr, which was established in 1955, homosexual soldiers were routinely demoted or dismissed.

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