Nov 24, 2010
After 4 years spent fighting DADT, decorated flight nurse and 19-year USAF veteran, Major Margaret Witt will be re-instated.
Congratulations, Major. Thank you for your service.
(Maj Witt with partner, Laurie McChesney/AP)
Doesn’t mean the Justice Department didn’t file an appeal – they did – saying they were “simply defending the law”.
[The DOJ's] filing in no way diminishes the president’s – and his administration’s – firm commitment to achieving a legislative repeal of DADT this year.
The DOJ did not however seek a stay of the order of reinstatement nor did they say why they didn’t.
I am thrilled to be able to serve in the Air Force again. The men and women in the unit are like family members to me, and I’ve been waiting a long time to rejoin them.
Maj Witt’s long road:
- 2004 DADT investigation began
- 2006 discharged via DADT
- Initial suit upheld the USAF DADT ruling
- 2008 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the USAF must prove Witt’s discharge was necessary for purposes of military readiness.
- 2010 US District Court Judge Ronald Leighton ordered the AF to reinstate Maj Witt, finding that her dismissal advanced no legitimate military goals and thus violated her Constitutional rights.
“Witt Standard” — before DADT discharge, the military must prove that the servicemember’s conduct hurts morale and unit cohesion.
It’s time for the USAF to reinstate Major Mike Almy as well.
DADT discharges would not be tolerated in any other institution or company in the US. And the man prattling on about “A More Perfect Union” is doing nothing about his own administration’s sanctioned gender orientation-based discrimination 13 months after he signed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act.
For those wondering – yes, he could have signed an executive order on Day 1, placing a moratorium on DADT discharges/investigations. He did not. He instead chose to politicize the AZ ILLEGAL immigration bill that may never go into effect and was made necessary because refused to do anything about it. Another stump promise broken – just like Guantanamo.
Pentagon expected to officially release the DADT study results NOV 30.
Take a walk on the wild side – pix from the 6th Annual International Queen Day.