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Witt to Testify in DADT Trial

Witt to Testify in DADT Trial


Maj. Margaret Witt, a decorated Air Force nurse who was discharged under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, will take the stand Monday in the suit that seeks her reinstatement.

The Associated Press reports that the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, which is representing Witt, said she would testify Monday before her lawyers rest their case in the nonjury trial.

Witt, who was discharged in 2006 after she was outed, sued the Air Force to be reinstated. In 2008 the U.S. court of appeals for the ninth circuit overturned a dismissal of Witt's case and ruled that the government must show that discharging a gay service member is necessary to preserve morale and unit cohesion.

According to the AP, "U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton is now weighing whether Witt's firing met that standard. He heard from several other witnesses last week. They told him they didn't care about Witt's sexual orientation -- they only cared that she was good at her job."

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