Thursday, May 22, 2008

In Real News Today...

Maj. Margaret Witt, a former flight nurse, is continuing her lawsuit against the military for dismissing her because of her sexual orientation. Witt had been in the military for 20 years and was honorably discharged in July 2007 for a relationship she had with a civilian woman from 1997 to 2003. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy and held that the government may only "intrude upon the personal and private lives of homosexuals" to "advance an important governmental interest," such as maintaining troop readiness or improving morale.

Discharging after 20 years? That's ice cold. I personally don't understand why sexual orientation matters, as Maj. Witt eloquently states, "Wounded people never asked me about my sexual orientation. They were just glad to see me there."

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