Friday, September 24, 2010

Margaret Witt Reinstated To Armed Forces By Federal Judge


Only two days ago the U.S. Senate failed to repeal DADT.. The push to repeal failed to break the filibuster bought on by Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) by 4 votes. The measure which needed 60 yes votes, failed with 56 votes to 43 against. All Republicans voted no,with two Democrats voting no also.

It what seems like more than poetic justice, not only for Maj. Margaret Witt, but for the many gays and lesbians who serve this country admirably that a Federal judge has ruled she be reinstated. Witt, of Spokane, is a flight nurse who joined the Air Force in 1987, and was suspended in 2004 under the military’s DADT law (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell) which bars gays and lesbians from serving openly.

Margaret Witt, a twice decorated nurse with the U.S. air force has won a monumental lawsuit. The suit was filed by the ACLU which represented Major Margaret Witt in her appeal of a lower court ruling of the lawsuit she filed in 2006. The ACLU of  Washington said of Major Witt:
Major Margaret Witt  has been an exemplary member of the military with a distinguished record of service. To discharge her simply because of her sexual orientation is unfair and does not make our military stronger
U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton ruled the dismissal of Major Witt by the Armed Forces  unconstitutional and ordered she be reinstated. It is the very first time such a ruling has ever been enacted by a judge. Justice Leighton said of Maj. Witt:
"You have been and continue to be a central figure in a long-term, highly-charged civil rights movement, That role places extraordinary stresses on you, I know. Today, you have won a victory in that struggle, the depth and duration of which will be determined by other judicial officers and hopefully soon, the political branches of government.
Let us hope that Congress and President Obama are indeed listening to not only Judge Leighton, but the many other judges who are on the right and just side of history.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this great story! Just shared it on FB!

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  2. Hey Jason! Glad you liked it! We needed some good news. We'll keep gaining ground and getting more good news, we just have to fight for it. Thanks for sharing my post, I appreciate it!

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  3. I am glad for Major Margaret Witt! It's about time someone in power recognized that it is not about sexuality, but about the integrity & service the person has given to this country.

    Everett J Smith

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  4. Hey Ev, It's just the beginning of the end for DADT. There are too many qualified service members being discharged under this unfair and homophobic law. 14,000 and counting. 17 years of it is enough. It's time to act to repeal Don't ask Don't tell!

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