LONDON, Sept 27 ( – The European Court of Human Rights ruled today in favour of four homosexualist activists in Britain who were discharged from the army after it was discovered that they were practicing homosexuals. The court said that the British policy banning practicing homosexuals from the army contravenes Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which defends the right to private and family life. 

The court wrote that “the investigations conducted into the applicants’ sexual orientation together with their discharge from the armed forces constituted especially grave interferences with their private lives.” Following the verdict, British Defense Secretary George Robertson said other cases involving homosexuals in the British armed forces will be put on hold while the government studies Monday’s ruling. The EU Court’s rulings are not necessarily binding on the country, but critics note that the ruling offers a convenient excuse for instituting pro-homosexual legislation. 

With files from the Associated Press.