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UK to return medal stripped from sailor

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LONDON—British officials are returning a medal to a Falklands War veteran who said it was taken away from him because of his sexuality.

Joe Ousalice said the long service and good conduct medal was confiscated from him when he was discharged from the Royal Navy after revealing he was bisexual during a court martial proceeding in 1993.

He had taken the Ministry of Defence to court to reclaim his medal.

The Defence Ministry said its policy toward homosexuals had been wrong, discriminatory and unjust.

Gays were not allowed to serve in the British military until the rule was altered in 2000.

Ousalice served for 18 years as a radio operator in a career that included postings in the Middle East and Northern Ireland.

British officials plan to return medals to other veterans who were treated the same way.

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