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  • Vestal: Witt has next civil rights victory scheduled

    On Thursday, Margaret Witt will be first in line again. Witt, the retired Air Force major who helped dismantle the misbegotten “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, is set to receive …


  • Top Marine says fears of ending gay ban unfounded

    Marine Gen. James F. Amos, the face of opposition in the military to lifting the ban on gays serving openly, now acknowledges his concern has proven unfounded that repeal would …


  • Gay soldier shares reaction to GOP debate boos

    Army Capt. Stephen Hill says he wasn’t trying to score political points when he asked the Republican presidential candidates if they would reinstate the ban on gays serving openly in …


  • Marchers mark progress in gay rights, but hurdles ahead

    Some say gay rights have come a long way, and some say there is still a long way to go. Many at Spokane’s annual Pride Parade & Rainbow Festival on …


  • Editorial: Witt’s fight a service to all members of military

    When the U.S. military’s estimated 65,000 gay and lesbian members are finally freed from the fear of being discharged because of their sexual orientation, we hope they appreciate the tenacity …


  • Witt to retire with full benefits

    Maj. Margaret Witt, a Spokane nurse who won a major legal battle against the Pentagon in the campaign against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, will not return to uniform and her …


  • Obama signs ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal

    Declaring that members of the military will no longer be asked to lie, President Barack Obama fulfilled a campaign promise Wednesday and signed a landmark law repealing the ban on …


  • Witt gets White House invite

    Spokane nurse Margaret Witt had a huge surprise when she got off a flight for a quick trip to Seattle on Tuesday morning. She turned on her cell phone and …


  • Witt in D.C. for end of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell

    Spokane nurse Margaret Witt had a huge surprise when she got off a flight for a quick day trip to Seattle Tuesday morning. She turned on her cell phone and …


  • Senate votes to lift military gay ban

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a landmark for gay rights, the Senate on Saturday voted to let gays serve openly in the military, giving President Barack Obama the chance to fulfill …


  • House votes to repeal ban on open gays in military

    The House voted today to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy that for 17 years has forced gays desiring to serve in the military to conceal their sexual identity.


  • Discharged gay veterans sue for reinstatement

    Three military veterans who were discharged under the law that prohibits gays from serving openly in uniform sued the government today to be reinstated and to pressure U.S. lawmakers to …


  • Senate blocks repeal of ’don’t ask, don’t tell’

    Senate Republicans have blocked legislation that would have repealed the military’s policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and allowed gay troops to serve openly.


  • Gay nurse plans to return to Air Force by January

    Regardless of whether Congress repeals the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy this month, a Spokane nurse discharged under the policy said she expects to be back in her Air Force …


  • Pentagon wants ‘don’t ask’ ban in light of troop poll

    WASHINGTON – Gay troops can serve openly in the armed forces without harming the military’s ability to fight, the Pentagon’s top leaders declared Tuesday, calling for the 17-year-old “don’t ask, …


  • Witt expects Air Force reinstatement

    A lesbian flight nurse who was discharged under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy said today she hopes to be reinstated to the Air Force Reserve for her unit’s …


  • Pentagon study: No major risks with openly gay troops

    The Pentagon’s study on gays in the military has determined that overturning the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on serving openly might cause some disruption at first but would not …


  • Witt must show she’s fit for duty

    SEATTLE – The Air Force said Wednesday that a lesbian flight nurse discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell” must prove she is still qualified and pass a medical exam before …


  • Air Force: Not so fast on Witt’s reinstatement

    The Air Force is saying not so fast on the reinstatement of a lesbian flight nurse discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell.”


  • DOJ appeals Witt’s reinstatement to Air Force

    Lawyers for a lesbian flight nurse discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell” say she can rejoin the Air Force even as the government appeals a judge’s ruling that gave her …


  • High court allows gay military ban for now

    The Supreme Court today allowed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military to remain in place while a federal appeals court considers the issue.


  • Court extends life of military policy on gays

    A federal appeals court today indefinitely extended its freeze on a judge’s order halting enforcement of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.


  • Appeals court keeps military gay policy for now

    A federal appeals court today granted a government request to temporarily freeze a judge’s order telling the military to stop enforcing its ban on openly gay troops.


  • Military recruiters told to accept gay applicants

    The Defense Department said today that it is accepting openly gay recruits, but is warning applicants they might not be allowed to stick around for long.


  • Judge inclined to reject delay of gay troops order

    A federal judge says she’s inclined to deny a government request to delay her order that immediately stopped the military from enforcing its ban on openly gay service members.


  • U.S. seeks ‘don’t ask’ delay

    WASHINGTON – After two days of silence, the Obama administration urged a federal judge on Thursday to let the military press on with its “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on …


  • US seeks delay in ’don’t ask, don’t tell’ ruling

    The Justice Department asked a federal judge today to allow the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy to continue while it appeals her order to end the ban on gays …


  • Gates says courts should not set policy on gays

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today that abruptly ending the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy as a federal judge has ordered would have enormous consequences.


  • Federal judge orders ’don’t ask, don’t tell’ injunction

    A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction today stopping enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, ending the U.S. military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.


  • Judge rules for Witt

    TACOMA – Spokane resident Margaret Witt may be the best evidence that “don’t ask, don’t tell” doesn’t work, a federal judge said Friday. U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton, in a …


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