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Germany Says Treat Gays the Same

August 31, 2000

BERLIN (AP) _ The German government said Thursday that homosexuality was no reason to reduce a soldier’s status or limit his responsibility.

The issue had arisen here in the case of an officer who was reassigned from platoon leader to an office job after a background check revealed he is gay. He filed suit in Germany’s Constitutional Court last year against the move, and in April the Defense Ministry said he would get his old job back.

In a response to a question by the parliament faction of the Party of Democratic Socialism, the government reaffirmed that homosexuality was no ``separate entry criterion″ for military service. The Defense Ministry will also make it clear in army regulations the consequences of discrimination based on sexual orientation, and offer advice for leaders in a brochure on dealing with gay troops in the army.

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