More than 450,000 euros paid out: The federal government compensated 156 homosexual soldiers for discrimination

More than 450,000 euros paid out
The federal government has compensated 156 homosexual soldiers for discrimination

Since 2021, anyone who has been discriminated against in the Bundeswehr because of their sexual identity is entitled to compensation. Almost 200 soldiers are demanding these, many have already received them. An important development, especially considering a case from 1984.

40 years after the “Kießling affair”, the Federal Ministry of Defense says it has now financially compensated 156 soldiers in the Bundeswehr who were discriminated against because of their homosexuality. The compensation payments exceeded the total amount of 450,000 euros, reported the editorial network Germany, citing ministry information.

Since the law on the rehabilitation and compensation of homosexual soldiers came into force in 2021, a total of 195 applications for compensation have been received, 80 percent of which were approved. According to the law, soldiers who were discriminated against in the Bundeswehr because of their sexual identity receive, upon request, a one-off compensation of 3,000 euros from the federal budget for each overturned conviction and for service-related disadvantages.

The affair surrounding the four-star general Günter Kießling reached its climax in January 1984 when it became known that the then Federal Defense Minister Manfred Wörner had put the NATO deputy supreme commander into early retirement because of his alleged homosexuality. At that time, Wörner relied on knowledge from the military counterintelligence service, but there was no evidence for this. Kießling was rehabilitated. He retired in 1984 and died in August 2009 at the age of 83.

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