Maj. Margaret Witt, Air Force nurse who was dismissed under DADT, reinstated by judge's order

As Rachel Maddow points out in the video below, this is just the latest in a series of milestones for LGBT rights in recent weeks, including the declaration by a judge in California that DADT is unconstitutional and the victory for gay and lesbian adoption in Florida. Be sure to listen to Maddow read the judge's decision in the Witt case. Leighton's language ("There is no evidence that wounded troops care about the sexual orientation of the flight nurse or medical technician tending to their wounds") and Maddow's delivery are downright stirring.


"Another blow to DADT," declares the headline on the Rachel Maddow segment about Witt's reinstatement  (video after break). And despite the recent setback in the Senate, the decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton is indeed a milestone in the fight to let gay men and lesbians serve openly in the armed services.

This marks the second time Leighton has presided over the case. He ruled against Witt in 2006, but an appeals court overruled him two years later, telling him to reexamine whether Witt's sexual orientation really did impact her squadron's military readiness. According to press accounts, he was visibly moved on Friday when announcing his new decision, his voice breaking as he called her a "central figure in a long-term, highly charged civil rights movement."

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