AN outdated legal ban which forced gay men out of the armed forces is set to finally be officially removed from armed forces legislation.
The law, which prohibits gay men, lesbians and transgender personnel from the forces, was put into force in 1994.
Existing rules state homosexuality is incompatible with military service and engaging in a homosexual act can constitute grounds for discharging a member of the armed forces
Existing rules state homosexuality is incompatible with military service
The Bill, which also deals with changes to armed forces pensions, will now proceed to the House of Lords for further scrutiny.
The Government amendment to get rid of the sexuality discrimination laws was added to the Bill
But since 2000, he said the rules “have had no practical effect and they are therefore redundant”.
The Bill also deals with changes to armed forces pensions
“This amendment is a practical step which shows that this Government is serious about our commitment to equality in this area.”
“It is very clear that this is an important step forward and it is one we welcome very strongly.”