U.S. military dismisses more women than men for being gay

Women make up just 14 per cent of the military but 36 per cent of troops dismissed under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" were female

Women were dismissed from the United States military for being gay at a greater rate than men last year, according to new research.

All military services kicked out disproportionately more women under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, according to Department of Defense data obtained by the Palm Center at the University of California.

The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy bans people who are openly gay from serving in the military.

Of those discharged in 2008, 36 per cent were women even though women only make up 14 per cent of the troops in the military.

In the Air Force, the discrepancy was even larger. In 2008, the Air Force dismissed 56 women and 34 men under the policy.

This marks the first time one of the military services has had such a record since the policy was implemented in 1994.

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