Servicemembers Legal Defense Network hide caption. In doing so, she became the first gay general to serve openly in the U. In keeping with what is often a tradition in military promotion ceremonies, Tammy Smith's wife, Tracey Hepner, pinned the general star on her uniform. And that represented a major break with tradition because Ms.
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Judge orders lesbian Air Force nurse reinstated
In the military establishments of more than 30 countries, including U. But here in the U. Mike Mullen, in a powerful and emotional statement, denounced the policy before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Now the stage is set for a year-long debate over what is best for the U. Obama could now seek to change the law through legislation or repeal the policy through an executive order. These advocates for changing the policy add that the U.
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CNN -- A federal judge has ordered the reinstatement of an openly lesbian former Air Force major who was dismissed from the military under the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. It is the latest legal and political setback for the Obama administration, which is seeking to end the policy through a legislative and executive solution. Margaret Witt, a decorated flight nurse with 20 years of service, had sued to return to the Air Force Reserve. She was honorably discharged in July on the grounds that she had a six-year relationship with another woman, a civilian. She should be restored to her position as a flight nurse with the th AES as soon as is practicable," wrote the judge.