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  • 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 …


  • Ruling expected Friday on Witt’s discharge from Air Force

    TACOMA – A lawyer for a decorated flight nurse discharged for being gay urged a federal judge Tuesday to reinstate her to the Air Force Reserve, and the judge indicated …


  • Judge to rule Friday on Witt’s return to Air Force

    A lawyer for a decorated flight nurse from Spokane discharged for being gay urged a federal judge today to reinstate her to the Air Force Reserve, and the judge indicated …


  • Republicans block bill to lift military gay ban

    Senate Republicans today blocked an effort by Democrats and the White House to lift the ban on gays from serving openly in the military, voting unanimously against advancing a major …


  • Witt takes stand in case contesting discharge

    TACOMA – Margaret Witt, a decorated Air Force flight nurse from Spokane, said she was “absolutely shocked” when a military lawyer said she was under investigation for homosexual conduct. Taking …


  • Ex-colleague says Witt’s firing damaged squadron’s morale

    TACOMA – A Spokane fire captain who served in the Air Force Reserves with Major Margaret Witt said he knew that Witt and some other members of the unit were …


  • Witness: Witt’s orientation never an issue

    A Spokane fire captain who served in the Air Force Reserves with Major Margaret Witt said he knew that Witt and some other members of the unit were gay and …


  • Lesbian major’s backers optimistic as trial begins

    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 today over …


  • ‘Don’t ask’ stakes are high

    “As we mark the end of America’s combat mission in Iraq,” President Barack Obama said this week, “a grateful America must pay tribute to all who served there.” He should …


  • Jamie Tobias Neely: Let ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ pass

    Michael Hargett grew up with parents who seemed to know he was gay long before he did. When he was 16, he blithely came out and invited his boyfriend to …


  • House approves ‘don’t ask’ repeal

    WASHINGTON – The House on Thursday delivered a victory to President Barack Obama and gay rights groups by approving a proposal to repeal the law that allows gays to serve …


  • Decision muddles ‘don’t ask’ policy

    SEATTLE – A pressing legal reality for the “don’t ask, don’t tell” standard for gays serving in the military is that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has already …


  • Gays should serve openly, admiral says

    WASHINGTON – The nation’s top military officer told Congress on Tuesday that gay men and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military, the strongest endorsement ever by …


  • Study will scrutinize ‘don’t ask’

    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates today will take the first real steps toward lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military, announcing a yearlong review aimed at …


  • Editorial: Obama should use Pentagon study to end policy on gays

    On Saturday night, President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at a dinner sponsored by the Human Rights Network, a gay-rights organization. It would be a great time to …


  • Editorial: ‘Don’t ask’ needs to go, and Obama knows it

    We’re not professional political strategists, but if the Obama administration thinks the time isn’t right to end the “don’t ask, don’t’ tell” policy on homosexuality in the military, it might …


  • High court won’t hear ‘don’t ask’ case

    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a constitutional challenge to the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning openly gay people from serving in the U.S. …


  • Our View: One of Spokane’s finest

    Armed forces personnel who compile distinguished records – Air Force Maj. Margaret Witt, for example – acquire a colorful array of ribbons that commemorate their accomplishments. Witt, of Spokane, was …


  • ‘Don’t ask’ challenge reinstated

    OLYMPIA – The military cannot automatically discharge people because they’re gay, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in a case involving an Air Force nurse from Spokane. A three-judge panel …


  • Gay policy challenged

    OLYMPIA – Today, nearly three years to the day after Maj. Margaret Witt was told she was being forced out of the Air Force for being a lesbian, she will …


  • Lesbian loses suit against Air Force

    A federal judge on Wednesday refused to stop the Air Force from kicking out a Spokane officer who is a lesbian, saying that the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy …


  • Air Force opposes federal injunction

    TACOMA – Government attorneys asked a federal judge Friday not to intervene in the Air Force’s efforts to oust a decorated officer for being a lesbian. Maj. Margaret Witt, who …


  • Lesbian reservist goes to court

    SEATTLE – Saying that the U.S. Constitution trumps military regulations, attorneys for lesbian Air Force Reserve Maj. Margaret Witt on Wednesday sought a federal injunction to prevent the service from …


  • Air Force reservist fights ouster

    OLYMPIA – A longtime Air Force reservist from Spokane plans to file suit in federal court today, seeking to stop the military from kicking her out for being a lesbian. …