US judge rules military ban on gays ‘unconstitutional’

 BBC News

A federal judge in California has ruled that a ban on homosexuals serving openly in the US military is unconstitutional.

The judge said the law violated fundamental First Amendment rights.

The law allows gay and lesbian soldiers to serve if their homosexuality is not known but suspends them if it is. It is referred to as "don’t ask, don’t tell".

The latest case was regarded as a major test for the law, which President Barack Obama says he would repeal.

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