Biden pardons thousands of former military personnel convicted of gay sex

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday pardoned thousands of former military personnel convicted of homosexual sex. Biden said he was ‘correcting a historic wrong.’

Biden’s move pardons soldiers who were convicted under the former Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which criminalized homosexuality. However, this law has now been repealed.

This law was implemented in the US military in 1951, it was amended again in the year 2013 and it only prohibits forceful acts. With the pardon of these military personnel by the US President, they will now be able to file an application to get proof that their conviction has been expunged and they will also be able to apply for salary and other benefits.

“Today, I am correcting a historic wrong by using my clemency authority to pardon several military veterans who were convicted simply because they were,” Biden said in a statement.

“We have an equal obligation to all of our soldiers, including those from the LGBTQ community, to ensure that they are properly trained to deal with any threat and that they and their families are taken care of when they return home. Today, we are making progress in that direction,” he said.

The Modern Military, the largest organization of LGBTQ+ service members and their families, said the decision was a historic step toward justice and equality. It also called on the military to approve the pardon soon.

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