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Biden pardons U.S. veterans convicted in gay-sex cases by military

President Biden on Wednesday pardoned thousands of U.S. veterans who were convicted of having gay sex while serving in the military, an election-year move that could allow them to recover financial benefits that had been withheld by the government.

The decision will allow those affected to recoup benefits lost because of their convictions, administration officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity ahead of the White House's announcement. The move comes just ahead of Biden taking on former president Donald Trump in a debate Thursday.

"Despite courage and sacrifice, thousands of LGBTQI+ service members were forced out of the military because of their sexual orientation or gender identity," Biden said in a message posted on the social media site X. "I'm using my clemency authority to pardon certain former service members who were convicted simply for being themselves."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/06/26/biden-pardon-gay-military-sodomy/

 

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