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News: World

Wed 11 May, 2011
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A federal judge ruled last year that Witt's dismissal violated her constitutional rights. The judge ordered that she be reinstated

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Air Force lesbian who won reinstatement will retire and not rejoin

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An Air Force Reserve flight nurse who sued to overturn her dismissal under the military's ban on openly gay service members is retiring with full benefits rather than resuming service.

Maj. Margaret Witt announced her decision Tuesday at a news conference with the American Civil Liberties Union in Seattle.

A federal judge ruled last year that Witt's dismissal violated her constitutional rights.

The judge ordered that she be reinstated.

Witt's lawyers and the government spent several months negotiating her reinstatement before finally reaching an agreement to let her retire. Her discharge will be erased from her records.

Witt was dismissed in 2006 after serving 18 years. She now works as a rehabilitation co-ordinator at a hospital for veterans.

 

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