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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 gay or lesbians, and it made no difference in terms of morale. Jim Schaffer, who rose through the ranks of the 446th Air Evacuation Squadron to become a top noncommissioned officer, said he served in training exercises and overseas deployments with Witt and regarded her as an excellent officer. He considers her discharge under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy as a dishonorable act on the part of the Air Force.

ACLU says Craig’s rights violated

BOISE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota has filed legal arguments backing Idaho Sen. Larry Craig in his Minnesota court case, in which Craig is seeking to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport restroom sex solicitation sting. "The actions of police in this restroom, the sting operations, are things that have been conducted against gay men forever," said Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the Minnesota ACLU. "The object of the exercise, fundamentally, was never really to stop solicitation of sex but rather to 'out' gay males."