Congratulations Kansas Army National Guard! You just earned the honor of kicking out your first gay service member for being … oh what was it? Oh, right: gay.

The Kansas Army National Guard has discharged its first homosexual soldier under the federal “don’t ask-don’t tell” policy.

Amy Brian, who served nine years in the guard, including a stint in Iraq, was investigated and “separated” last month after a civilian co-worker told authorities they had seen her kissing a woman in a Wal-Mart.

“I’d never really tried to hide my homosexuality to the close people I worked with,” Brian said. “And they didn’t seem to care or think any different of it.”

Brian joins almost 12,500 other lesbian, gay and bisexual service members who the Pentagon has discharged from 1994 to 2007.

“I was not separated because of any type of misconduct but plain and simply because someone else had a problem with my sexuality,” Brian said. [HutchNews]

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