Congressman Says Army Fired 11 Soldiers In Jan. For Violating Gay Policy.

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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A congressman says the Army fired 11 soldiers in January for violating the military's 'don't ask, don't tell" policy requiring gay service members to keep their sexuality hidden.

Congressman Jim Moran says the discharged soldiers included an intelligence collector, a military police officer, four infantry personnel, a health care specialist, a motor-transport operator and a water-treatment specialist. In a statement, the Virginia Democrat questions how many "good soldiers" the country can lose to what he calls "a bad policy?"

Moran is a member of the House panel that oversees military spending. He says he's requested monthly updates from the Pentagon on the impact of the policy.

Under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the military does not ask recruits their sexual orientation while service members are banned from saying they are gay or bisexual, engaging in homosexual activity or trying to marry a member of the same sex.

The military discharged nearly 10,000 service members under the policy from 1997 to 2007.

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