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Biden Pardons Thousands of Veterans Convicted Under Gay Sex Ban

June 26, 2024

"We have a sacred obligation to all of our service members –- including our brave LGBTQI+ service members..."

President Biden announced Wednesday he will pardon potentially thousands of former U.S. service members, who were convicted of violating a now-repealed military ban on consensual gay sex.

The pardon will apply to service members convicted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice’s former Article 125. The law was enacted in 1951 and required any person found guilty of sodomy to be punished as directed by a court martial. It was rewritten in 2013 to criminalize only non-consensual acts.

Former service members can apply to receive confirmation of their erased conviction, petition to have their military discharges upgraded, and recover lost pay and benefits. Biden says this move is “righting an historic wrong” for former service members “who were convicted simply for being themselves.”

“We have a sacred obligation to all of our service members –- including our brave LGBTQI+ service members: to properly prepare and equip them when they are sent into harm’s way, and to care for them and their families when they return home,” Biden said in a statement. “Today we are making progress in that pursuit.”

The White House estimated thousands of former service members have been convicted under the former ban. The pardon will also extend to those who are deceased. Biden said his administration will continue to focus on anti-LGBTQ+ convictions. He has previously ordered the Department of Veteran Affairs to extend benefits to service members who were discharged due to their gender identity, sexual orientation or HIV status.

“There are other LGBTQI+ individuals who served our Nation and were convicted of other crimes because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is the policy of my Administration to expeditiously consider and to make final pardon determinations with respect to such individuals.”

His pardon comes just days before he is set to meet with LGBTQ donors during a high-profile fundraiser in New York City Friday. Administration officials have declined to say why he did not act on the pardon sooner as he continues to rally LGBTQ support before the presidential election.

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