Days After ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Ruling, Another Challenge Heads to Court

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September 13, 2010


"For 17 years, Maj. Margaret Witt rose steadily through the Air Force and Air Force Reserves, winning plaudits from colleagues, strong performance reviews from superiors and service medals from the department. A flight nurse, she treated wounded troops during Desert Storm and was featured in Air Force promotional materials for years.

"Major Witt is also a lesbian.

"...Her efforts to maintain a low profile ended in 2004, when the jilted husband of a woman Major Witt had started to date sent a note to the Air Force disclosing her orientation. After an investigation and hearing, the Air Force discharged her in 2007 under the policy known as 'don’t ask, don't tell.'

"...'The trial will reveal the lie that allowing openly gay service members to remain in the military impairs unit cohesion and morale,' said Jon Davidson, legal director for the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a legal services organization for gay men and lesbians."