Opinion

September 27, 2010

Commentary: Congress must end 'don't ask, don't tell'

A skilled Air Force flight nurse got the justice due her in a Tacoma courtroom Friday, but military order took a beating in the process. Maj. Margaret Witt of Spokane won her fight to be reinstated four years after the military discharged her for being gay. U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton ruled that her presence did not adversely affect unit morale or cohesion. It was the first judicial application of the so-called "Witt standard," established by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2008 as a caveat to the military's 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

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