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Airman Discharged Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

An Airman has been discharged under ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ months after President Obama signed a bill to repeal the law.

The Associated Press reports:

The Air Force has discharged an airman under the law banning gays from serving openly in the military, the first firing since President Barack Obama signed legislation aimed at ending the ban.

The ban, laid out in the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, is just months from being lifted.

The service member was discharged April 29, Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Vician said late Thursday.

“The airman in the case asked to be separated expeditiously,” Vician said, adding that he didn’t know other details of the case, nor the gender of the service member. The Air Force uses the term “airman” for both men and women.

The firing is also the first since Defense Secretary Robert Gates in October made it harder to throw someone out of the military for being openly gay. Gates at the time ordered that all dismissals under don’t ask, don’t tell be decided by the person’s service secretary in consultation with the military’s general counsel and Gates’ personnel chief.

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