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09/13/2010

Wrongful termination vs. rightful determination

by Jeremy Hooper

In the LGBT world, our paths have never been direct nor nicely paved. But we who stay the course are nothing if not tenacious:

SEATTLE – Opponents of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays serving in the military are hoping for another major legal victory as a federal trial begins Monday over whether to reinstate a lesbian flight nurse discharged from the Air Force Reserve.

The trial comes just days after a federal judge in California declared "don't ask, don't tell" an unconstitutional violation of the due process and free speech rights of gays and lesbians. While the ruling does not affect the legal issues in the case of former Maj. Margaret Witt, gay rights activists believe a victory - and her reinstatement - could help build momentum for repealing the policy.

Lesbian seeks reinstatement to Air Force in trial [AP via Yahoo! News]

Back in 2008 or early '09, many of us assumed that we'd go into the 2010 midterms with a message that defends DADT's historical appeal, not one that's still seeking it. But the worst thing we could do is let frustrations lead to inertia. Even if you might be apathetic about protecting a certain politician's career, the countless individuals who are discharged under this policy could use a little backing.

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**RELATED:

Congress must vote on pro-equality legislation this term. Contact your senators and urge them to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT). You also need to contact your representative and senators and urge them to pass an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) this year. We need you to meet, call and write now. The clock is ticking. The Countdown begins now
Countdown 2010 [HRC]

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