GAYS WIN THE WAR; Human Rights Court Rules Ban on Serving in Forces Is Illegal

By Blackman, Oonagh; Bain, Charlie | The Mirror (London, England), September 28, 1999 | Go to article overview

GAYS WIN THE WAR; Human Rights Court Rules Ban on Serving in Forces Is Illegal


Blackman, Oonagh, Bain, Charlie, The Mirror (London, England)


THE ban on gays serving in the armed forces could be lifted within a year.

Government sources hinted at the dramatic change after Britain's policy on homosexuals and lesbians in the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force was branded illegal yesterday.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the dismissal of three gay servicemen and a lesbian nurse was a breach of civil liberties.

It was hailed as a massive victory by campaigners, who demanded an immediate lifting of the ban. But an MoD official said: "We are committed to a Commons free vote on this and we could be looking at a year because it is a lengthy process."

Defence Secretary George Robertson added: "This Government has to accept the European court's rulings."

Sixty other industrial tribunal cases have now been put on hold. The four sacked service personnel were last night celebrating their landmark legal victory which ends a five-year battle for justice.

Graeme Grady, 36, Jeanette Smith, 33, John Beckett, 29, and Duncan Lustig- Prean, 40, all had careers in the armed forces cut short over their sexuality.

Outside court yesterday former RAF officer Mr Grady, from London, said: "I hope this result paves the way for others to avoid discharge."

Ex-RAF nurse Miss Smith, of Edinburgh, added: "I hope it means gays in the forces can now be judged on merit not sexual orientation."

And former navy engineer Mr Beckett, of Sheffield, said he was "delighted" at the outcome.

Londoner Mr Lustig-Prean, who was kicked out of the Navy, added: "The court was very damning of the policy."

The MoD is now facing huge compensation payout claims from gays kicked out of the forces.

IS IT THE RIGHT DECISION?

YES

says Gulf War hero

Flt Lt John Nichol

THERE have always been gay men and women in the military.

From the First World War to Kosovo they have served their country with quiet distinction.

I am reasonably convinced I have fought alongside gay men and I know I have served with gay women.

These people were brave, diligent and honourable - in the same way my straight colleagues and I were. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

GAYS WIN THE WAR; Human Rights Court Rules Ban on Serving in Forces Is Illegal
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.