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  • License to wed

    After waiting months, years and even decades, the last few hours and minutes of anticipation were joyful. The dozen or so same-sex couples who were among the first to receive …


  • 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 …


  • Jamie Tobias Neely: Witt can imagine wedding now

    Margaret Witt and her partner, Laurie McChesney, knew the Washington Senate would vote on same-sex marriage at 6 p.m. sharp Wednesday, so they made certain to be in front of …


  • 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 …


  • Gay community puts pride on parade

    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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Judge reinstates Witt in Air Force Reserve

    TACOMA — Federal judge reinstates former Air Force Reserves Major Margaret Witt who was discharged in 2006 under the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Witt: They asked, I never told

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


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Suspended Air Force nurse’s case to proceed

    A federal appeals court has denied a government request to reconsider a decision that keeps alive a challenge to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay soldiers brought …


  • 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 …


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