Court rules Air Force must reinstated lesbian major

While Congress plays politics with DADT, the courts move steadily toward overturning the ban.

On Friday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton ruled that the Air Force violated the constitutional rights of Maj. Margaret Witt, and ordered that the highly decorated flight nurse be reinstated. During the six-day trial, the military failed to prove that firing her helped to achieve its goals, including unit morale. In fact, the evidence showed that morale suffered only because of her suspension and discharge.

This is the second court ruling this month declaring Don't Ask, Don't Tell unconstitutional. On Sept 9, another federal judge ruled that DADT is unconstitutional because it violates the 1st and 5th Amendment rights of gay and lesbian soldiers.

Major Witt was on The Rachel Maddow Show discussing her case a few hours after the ruling:

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