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Gay Officer Dismissed Under DADT Will Rejoin Air Force

US appeals ruling, but does not ask for stay

(Newser) - An openly gay Air Force officer who was dismissed in 2006 under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will rejoin the military, the Washington Post reports. A federal judge ordered Maj. Margaret Witt’s reinstatement in September; the Obama administration appealed that decision as expected, but did not ask for...

Pentagon to Comply With DADT Ruling

But don't 'come out' just yet, observers say

(Newser) - Gay service members are—for now—free to come out of the closet, though advocacy groups don't recommend doing so just yet. The Obama administration has asked to delay the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," but the Pentagon says it will comply immediately with the court's order...

Judge Gives Gay Air Force Nurse Personal Words of Support

'You are truly blessed as a family'

(Newser) - The judge who ordered the Air Force to reinstate a gay flight nurse yesterday also paused to deliver personal words of encouragement to Margaret Witt, notes the Seattle Times . "You said something in the trial that resonated with me," said District Court Judge Ronald Leighton. "You said...

Judge Orders Air Force to Reinstate Lesbian

Margaret Witt was discharged under 'don't ask, don't tell'

(Newser) - Another setback for "don't ask, don't tell": A federal judge says the Air Force violated the constitutional rights of a highly decorated flight nurse when it discharged her for being gay, and ordered that she be given her job back as soon as possible. US District Judge Ronald Leighton...

On Gays in Military, Obama Moves Slowly

White House to defend 'don't ask' in court, will seek 'sensible' change

(Newser) - On gays in the military, President Obama is stalling. During the campaign, he promised to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy instituted as a compromise early in President Clinton’s term. Now that he’s got the chance, the Wall Street Journal reports, he’s being...

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