September 8, 2006
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Argentina announces plans to repeal military ban on Gays, Ban was 'nonsense,' says Colonel Lozano
Argentina announces plans to repeal military ban on Gays, Ban was 'nonsense,' says Colonel Lozano
The government of Argentina has announced that it plans to repeal its ban on Gay military personnel, according to recent news reports, making it the second country in South America, following Colombia, to prohibit discrimination in its armed forces. Argentina's government plans to modernize its code of military justice which, among other changes, will no longer prohibit same-sex relationships among personnel in its armed forces. "The ban was nonsense," said Colonel Judge Advocate Manual Lozano. "It's a matter of people's private lives."

"The United States is becoming increasingly isolated in its prohibition on Gays serving in the military," said C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). "From Israel to South Africa to Argentina, countries are recognizing that banning qualified service members only hurts their readiness. Eva Peron once observed that 'shadows cannot see themselves in the mirror of the sun.' Today, in her country, Gay patriots are emerging from the shadows and being recognized for their dedication and service."

Argentina joins a growing list of at least 25 nations that no longer exclude openly Gay service personnel. American military allies, including Great Britain, Canada and Australia, have lifted their bans on open service. Membership in the European Union requires nations to abolish any prohibitions on service by Gays. Openly Gay personnel from allied nations are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, alongside American troops.

Congressional legislation to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the U.S. ban on openly Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual service members, is currently supported by 119 bi-partisan Members of Congress. For more information, visit

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is a national, non-profit legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and related forms of intolerance. For more information, visit

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