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by Rex Wockner
The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence has paid $6.2 million to people who were kicked out of the armed forces before the gay ban was lifted in 2000, officials said Nov. 7.
Sixty-five people have been compensated, receiving an average of $96,300 each.
“Over the past few years the MoD has made strenuous efforts to reach amicable settlements in relation to those legal claims which remained outstanding and we are pleased that compensation has now been awarded in all these cases,” a spokesman said.
Britain’s armed forces lifted their gay ban on orders from the European Court of Human Rights.