A federal judge has ordered the reinstatement of an openly lesbian former Air Force major who was dismissed from the military under the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Judge Ronald Leighton of Tacoma, Washington, made his ruling Friday. It is the latest legal and political setback for the Obama administration, which is seeking to end the policy through a legislative and executive solution.
Maj. Margaret Witt, a decorated flight nurse with 20 years of service, had sued to return to the Air Force Reserve. She was honorably discharged in July 2007 on the grounds that she had a six-year relationship with another woman, a civilian.
"Her discharge from the Air Force Reserves violated her substantive due process rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. She should be restored to her position as a flight nurse with the 446th AES as soon as is practicable," wrote the judge.
Maj. Witt was on Maddow a little while ago, and her interview with Rachel was excellent. DADT amounts to a travesty of justice. We can ask Americans to fight and even make the ultimate sacrifice for their country, but not if they love someone of the same sex? Ridiculous. Show me the IED in Iraq that kills only gays or lesbians, and I'll show you my money tree in the back yard.
Such stupidity is nonsense. You're telling me that the toughest, most badass American soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors can't handle basic sexuality? That's an insult to them and to all of us.
Good for Major Witt.