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Lesbian U.S. soldier wins bid for asylum
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Lesbian U.S. soldier wins bid for asylum

Janice Tibbetts
Canwest News Service

OTTAWA - A lesbian soldier who deserted the U.S. army won a key court victory Friday when a judge ordered the refugee board to reconsider her failed asylum claim and take into account compelling evidence that she was persecuted and that her sexual orientation could mean stiffer punishment for going AWOL.

Federal Court Justice Yves de Montigny's order for the board to consider a gay U.S. soldier as a credible refugee candidate is believed to be a first, said a spokesman for the U.S. military.

"I have never heard of anybody attempting to do that before," said army spokesman Lt.-Col. Christopher Garver.

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