Federal Judge: Send Major Witt Back To Work

By Bryce McKay September 24, 2010

Federal District Court Judge Robert Leighton ruled that Major Margaret Witt, "a decorated U.S. Air Force flight nurse who had been dismissed on grounds of homosexual conduct", must be reinstated. (The Ninth District Court of Appeals ruled 2008 that in order for the dismissal to be upheld, the Air Force would need to prove that Witt's homosexuality has a negative impact on her unit's cohesion or morale. Neither ruling affected the broader "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.)

The ruling came after eight days of trial, in which the Air Force failed to prove that Witt's conduct negatively affected her unit's morale or readiness.

The ACLU of Washington quotes an overjoyed Witt in a release:
“I'm thrilled about the decision today. I 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,” she added.
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