Friday, May 23, 2008

The beginning of the end for "don't ask, don't tell"?

"...The military cannot automatically discharge people because they are gay, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday in the case of a decorated flight nurse who sued the Air Force over her dismissal.

The three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not strike down the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. But they reinstated Maj. Margaret Witt's lawsuit, saying the Air Force must prove that her dismissal furthered the military's goals of troop readiness and unit cohesion.

The "don't ask, don't tell" policy prohibits the military from asking about the sexual orientation of service members but requires discharge of those who acknowledge being gay or engaging in homosexual activity.

James Lobsenz, an attorney for Maj. Witt, hailed the ruling as the beginning of the end for "don't ask, don't tell."

"If the various branches of the armed forces have to start proving each application of the policy makes sense, then it's not going to be only Major Witt who's going to win," he said. "Eventually, they're going to say, 'This is dumb. ... It's time to scrap the policy.' " (source)

Clinton's brainchild: Don't Ask, Don't tell.

Military Discharges under DADT:

I'm a civilian, so it's not my position to say what should or shouldn't be. What I can say is I cringe in disgust when I hear of decorated OIF and OEF veterans being discharged because of a picture on a MySpace page. The guys those guys saved are still alive because of him --regardless of his sexual preference...

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