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President Obama Appoints Gay Activist To West Point Board

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West Point Military Academy (credit: Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

West Point Military Academy (credit: Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

WEST POINT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — President Barack Obama has appointed Sue Fulton, a founding board member of OutServe, an association of actively serving gay military personnel, to the U.S. Military Academy Board of Visitors at West Point.

Fulton is also co-founder and executive director of Knights Out, an organization of gay West Point graduates, and graduated in 1980 with the first West Point class to include women. She is the first openly gay member of the Academy’s board.

West Point’s Board of Visitors, comprised of nine Congress members and six presidential appointees, is tasked with providing advice and recommendations on matters concerning the Academy to the president. Former Rep. Patrick Murphy, an outspoken advocate for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” was recently appointed to the board.

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