Navy nurse's dismissal claim

A sacked Royal Navy nurse is heading for the European Court of Justice with a test case aimed at outlawing the UK's blanket ban on gay service personnel. Mr Justice Sedley ruled there is at least an "arguable" case that the sacking of 27-year-old Terence Perkins, contravened European law provisions of equal treatment and gave him leave to challenge his dismissal. When the application for leave was made counsel Peter Duffy, for Perkins, told the judge that the Government ban on gays was "inflexible" and offended the fights of "dignity and freedom" to which gay service personnel were entitled.