Biden pardons veterans convicted under military’s ban on gay sex

Source: Axios

“President Biden on Wednesday pardoned veterans who were convicted and forced out of the military because of a former law that banned gay sex, including between consenting adults. Biden’s clemency will extend to thousands of former military service members who were convicted of the former Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 125 while it was in effect from the 1950s to 2013. … The clemency action won’t automatically change the recipients’ criminal record. It will instead allow them to apply for a pardon that will help them receive benefits that were withheld from them due to their other than honorable discharge status. It will also not apply to people convicted of non-consensual acts, like rape.” (06/26/24)