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JBLM major who fought Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell celebrates “Repeal Day”

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Sep. 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm with 3 Comments »
September 20, 2011 12:12 pm
Margaret Witt, center, and her partner, Laurie McChesney, left, celebrate with Sher Kung, right, an attorney with the ACLU, as they leave the federal courthouse in Tacoma on Sept. 24.

Maj. Margaret Witt won a long battle against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell last fall when a federal judge ordered the Air Force to reinstate her into her unit, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 446th Reserve Airlift Wing.

She’s in Washington, D.C., today celebrating the repeal of the 18-year-old policy. She released the following statement through the ACLU:

September 20 marks the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It also marks the end of decades of discrimination against gays in this country by our own military.  Almost 14,000 military members were discharged since 1993 under DADT, but over 100,000 were discharged prior to DADT. This has been a longstanding battle for decades.  So many gays and lesbians have suffered tremendously and needlessly.  So many brave people have taken a stand and fought back against this horrible and senseless discrimination.  I hold them all in my heart today for all that they have gone through for me and for this country. For those who have continued to serve with honor and integrity under DADT—stand a little taller today. You are being honored and appreciated for your service—at last!  Yes, you can fly your rainbow flag today, but more importantly – fly your military honor a little bit higher!

People ask me how I feel about the Air Force after the last seven years of court battles.  I tell them, without hesitation, I would do it all again.  To serve was one of the best decisions of my life.  The people I met along the way and served side by side with, were worth every moment.

Today we have made great strides in equal rights.  We still have a way to go for true equality.  DOMA must fall.  I would ask all those who, after today, no longer have to live in fear of discharge to become active in your community.  Show the country we are well worthy of true equality.  Let them see now – we are no different.


Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. Thank you Margie!!!!! And all the other men and women who worked so hard and sacrificed so much to see this day happen. I salute ALL of you!!!!!

  2. t_Johnson says:

    Equal rights?

  3. GodBlessAmerica says:

    Adherence to DADT was a condition of employment (just like maintaining an appropriate physical fitness level) for service in the military. Witt knew that when she joined. She chose to go against the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and got caught…just like someone who does drugs or commits hetero adultery. Her ACLU lawyers are brilliant at playing the press…other than that, I’m at a loss as to why she receives front page positive news coverage.

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