Judge orders lesbian Air Force nurse reinstated - CNN.com(CNN) -- A federal judge has ordered the reinstatement of an openly lesbian former Air Force major who was dismissed from the military under the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Judge Ronald Leighton of Tacoma, Washington, made his ruling Friday. It is the latest legal and political setback for the Obama administration, which is seeking to end the policy through a legislative and executive solution.
Maj. Margaret Witt, a decorated flight nurse with 20 years of service, had sued to return to the Air Force Reserve. She was honorably discharged in July 2007 on the grounds that she had a six-year relationship with another woman, a civilian.
"Her discharge from the Air Force Reserves violated her substantive due process rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. She should be restored to her position as a flight nurse with the 446th AES as soon as is practicable," wrote the judge.
I do applaud the Judge standing up for this woman.
If stuff like this makes it harder to get rid of DADT all together then I don't support his decision.
As at least one particular person I've seen (and we all know who that is) that claims that repealing DADT gives gays special priviledge... it doesn't. Gays just want to be able to serve their country openly and proudly as WHO THEY ARE. If you have a problem with that, damn do I feel sorry for you.
Constitution this, and constitution that, declaration of independence this RA RA RA RA...
Guess all men aren't created equal eh...
And please, if you're gonna cite "Where is sexual orientation protected under the constitution?"
If you're a true believer in freedom, then you should demand that it is, explicitely expressed.