UK Defense minister Johnny Mercer apologized for the Catholic priests who outed gay soldiers

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Some veterans told The Times that they went to Catholic priests for confession while serving in the army and then their commanding questioned them. Being gay, lesbian and bisexual in the UK military was not legally allowed until 2000, so these people would be permanently banned from serving and discharged from all their honors immediately as they were ‘named’ (outed as LGB). Minister for Defense, People and Veterans, Johnny Mercer admitted that the priests should have kept the secrecy of confession and apologized on their behalf marking the 20th anniversary of the LGB military ban being lifted. “Our policy regarding LGB members in the military was unacceptable then, and as a defense minister, I personally apologize for those experiences,” he said. “Pastoral encounters between service chaplains and personnel should be strictly confidential,” he added.

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