First Reported Anti-Gay Incident Since Military Ban Lifted

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The top enlisted sailor aboard a nuclear submarine was fired in March for not taking action against crew members who spent months harassing a fellow sailor they suspected of being gay. It marks the first known case of alleged anti-gay abuse since the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” last September, which allowed openly gay men and lesbians to serve in the U.S. military.

Master Chief Machinist’s Mate Charles Berry was removed from the cruise-missile submarine USS Florida because of dereliction of duty, the Navy announced Mar. 30. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report investigating the anti-gay harassment that led to his removal.