Friday, September 24, 2010

Another Federal Judge Rules Against Don't Ask Don't Tell

     On Top Magazine reports:
A federal judge in Washington has ordered the U.S. Air Force to reinstate Major Margaret Witt, a flight nurse who was discharged in 2006 for violating “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the military policy that allows gay and lesbian service members to serve so long as they remain celibate and closeted.
After a six-day trial, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton found that Witt's sexual orientation had not negatively impacted her unit's morale or cohesion as the military had argued.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU, represented Witt at trial.
“Today we heard the hammer of justice strike for Major Margaret Witt,” Kathleen Taylor, executive director of the ACLU of Washington, said. “We look forward to the day when all members of our military can serve our country without invidious discrimination To discharge Major Witt simply because of her sexual orientation was entirely unfair to her and unwise for the military, which needs her significant skills.”
Witt was expelled from the military in 2004 for “homosexual conduct” after her commanders learned she was involved in a lesbian relationship.
“I want to serve my country,” Witt, a flight nurse with a distinguished 19-year career in the Air Force, said. “I have loved being in the military – my fellow airmen have been my family. I am proud of my career and want to continue doing my job.”

Archbishop Nienstedt's Very Political and Anti-Gay-Rights DVD

     In the last section of his introduction, Nienstedt calls for Minnesota's voters to be presented with an amendment to the Minnesota constitution.  He also uses the Tea Party catchphrase "ruling elite," when referring to the legislature and judicial wings of government.  It appears that he doesn't understand what it means to have a representative government and a system of checks and balances.  

     Here is the second half of the DVD, which was produced by the anti-gay the Knights of Columbus.