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A Victory Against DADT, Judge Orders Air Force To Reinstate Nurse

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This is two steps forward!

U.S. district judge Ronald B. Leighton ruled on Friday that former Air Force Reserve flight nurse, Margaret Witt, be reinstated to her job as soon as possible after being discharged under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

The judge had called Witt and "exemplary officer" and noted that "good flight nurses were hard to find."

After the ruling, Witt said in a statement:

"I'm thrilled about the decision today. appreciate the Court's belief in the professionalism of the military. Many people forget that the U.S. military is the most diverse workforce in the world — we are extremely versed in adaptation. Thousands of men and women who are gay and lesbian honorably serve this country in our military. Wounded personnel never asked me about my sexual orientation. They were just glad to see me. I can't wait to rejoin my unit."

In his decision, Judge Leighton wrote:

"The application of 'don't ask, don’t tell' to Major Margaret Witt does not significantly further the government’s interest in promoting military readiness, unit morale and cohesion. Her discharge from the Air Force Reserves violated her substantive due process rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution."

This is a huge step in defeating DADT! We hope that many more will realize just how unconstitutional this law really is.

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18 comments to “A Victory Against DADT, Judge Orders Air Force To Reinstate Nurse”



  1. 1

    OMG, shut the fuck up already.
    I DONT CARE about this shit.
    put some decent entertaining info about CELEBS up here.



  2. 2

    #AwesomeNews! =)



  3. 3

    Heck yes!!!!!

  4. freak says – reply to this


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    HERO?

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  5. 5

    I don't mean to sound pessimistic here but it sounds like the major reason they re-instated her was because they were short on nurses not because they realized the DADT is crap. "Good flight nurses are hard to find." Although I am extremely happy for Ms. Witt and wish her all the best along with my congrats.



  6. 6

    Good! Anybody who is willing to honorably serve in the military, sharing their talents and sometimes risking their lives, should be respected and thanked for their contributions. We could not be a free society without them. And that includes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered military heroes.



  7. 7

    Good for her and all the other gay and lesbians serving in the army.



  8. 8

    why am I still hearing about her? hasnt it been like 4 years since she was discharged?



  9. 9

    RepubliKKKans suck!!! They destroyed our economy. They f*ck everything up. They are pure evil.

  10. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Re: kaaaay – You're *still* hearing about her because this could be a benchmark ruling, and one of the first dominoes towards equity in the military regarding sexual orientation. It matters because Margaret Witt was a 17 year serving air force nurse, as she joined way back in 1987, so her suspension of duty re: DADT in 2004 meant that she could not receive pay, accrue points toward promotion or accrue retirement benefits. That injustice has been righted if this stands. Imagine working her whole life only to be denied benefits and pension short of the 20, 25 or 30 years of service mark because of who she loved in her private time.



  11. 11

    Re: Sara0Rara – Indeed, people should only talk about things you care about. Always.

    By the way, if you don't care, why do you even bother to reply?



  12. 12

    makes you wish you had been brave enough too serve huh perez… not!



  13. 13

    Awesome news. Good to see some good happening.



  14. 14

    Yeah, except you forget to mention that her sexuality was discovered bc she was having an affair with a married woman - and according to the AFI (Air Force Instruction), affairs are NOT allowed and can cause discharge. She should have been discharged anyways. This is a joke to military law.



  15. 15

    Just what we need: a dyke in the cockpit!!!!



  16. 16

    I'm so glad they did the right thing!

  17. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Re: dialysisdarling – Considering that the military divorce rate is currently higher than the national average, and not a few of them could be precipitated by affairs just like civilians, that would amount to a whole lot of otherwise good service people being turfed out if the affairs were found out. Are bankers and sales executives or regular nurses let go if they have an affair in their outside life unrelated to their career?



  18. 18

    Re: Sara0Rara

    Then don't fucking read it you stupid cun*t.