Airman discharged under 'don't ask don't tell'

By PAULINE JELINEK | June 2, 2011 | 10:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force has discharged a service member under the law banning gays from serving openly in the military.

It's the first firing since President Barack Obama singed legislation to end the ban, which is just months from being lifted.

Under the legislation signed in December, troops are now being trained on the repeal of the "don't ask don't tell" policy. The president and top defense officials must still certify the repeal won't hurt the military's ability to fight, and repeal would be official 60 days after that.

Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Vician said Thursday that the service member was discharged April 29 but that he didn't know details of the case.