Former Army interrogator Alexander Nicholson will testify in federal court on Tuesday in regard to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bars gays and lesbians from serving in the military openly.
Nicholson, the founder and executive director of Servicemembers United, is testifying for the Log Cabin Republicans, which filed suit against the U.S. government. The trial is being heard by Judge Virginia Phillips at the U.S. district court in Riverside, Calif.
"I am especially honored to be the lead veteran witness in this case and to have the opportunity to represent all gay and lesbian troops and veterans on the witness stand today at this very important and historic trial," he said in a Servicemembers United press release. "This unnecessary and bigoted law has caused untold harm to each and every person who has served under it, and that, in turn, has harmed the quality and readiness of our armed forces."