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Discharged Lesbian Poses Another Challenge to DADT

Discharged Lesbian Poses Another Challenge to DADT

Four days after a federal judge ruled "don't ask, don't tell" unconstitutional, another trial is set to begin on the military's ban on openly gay soldiers. A case brought by Margaret Witt, an Air Force major discharged under DADT in 2006, will be heard in a U.S. district court in Tacoma, Wash., beginning Monday. Initially, a federal judge dismissed Witt's lawsuit over her discharge, but in 2008 the ninth circuit court of appeals reversed the lower court's decision and ordered her case to proceed.

Four days after a federal judge ruled "don't ask, don't tell" unconstitutional, another trial is set to begin on the military's ban on openly gay soldiers.

A case brought by Margaret Witt, an Air Force major discharged under DADT in 2006, will be heard in a U.S. district court in Tacoma, Wash., beginning Monday. Initially, a federal judge dismissed Witt's lawsuit over her discharge, but in 2008 the ninth circuit court of appeals reversed the lower court's decision and ordered her case to proceed.

Should Witt prevail, she would be able to serve openly in the military and be the first woman to do so since DADT was enacted in 1993.

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