Judge Orders Lesbian Reinstated to Air Force

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For the second time in September, a federal judge has ruled against the government's Don't Ask, Don't Tell military policy.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton ruled that a decorated flight nurse, who was discharged from the Air Force in 2004 when it was discovered she was a homosexual, be given her job back as soon as possible.

Leighton hailed Maj. Margaret Witt as a "central figure in a long-term, highly charged civil rights movement."

"I'm absolutely thrilled," Witt said. "All I ever wanted to do was go back to my unit and do my job. So, just for that chance I'm really excited."

President Obama has supported ending the policy, but says repealing the law should be up to Congress and not the courts.  Last week, Senate Republicans blocked Democrat attempts to repeal the measure.

"Today you have won a victory in that struggle, the depth and duration of which will be determined by other judicial officers and hopefully soon the political branches of government," the judge told Witt.
    
Barring an appeal, the Air Force major will be able to serve in her unit, despite being openly gay.

Meanwhile, the federal judge in California who ruled the DADT policy as unconstitutional earlier in September is considering whether to immediately halt the ban.

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