Major Margaret Witt to Discuss Her Experiences at Gonzaga Law
Fought Discharge under Now-Repealed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy
SPOKANE, Wash. – In recognition of National Coming Out Day on Thursday, Oct. 11, the Gonzaga University School of Law Outlaws, ACLU, and Armed Forces Law Club will host a presentation by retired Maj. Margaret Witt. The speech, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. in the Law School’s Barbieri Courtroom (721 N. Cincinnati St.).
Witt filed a federal lawsuit after she was dismissed from the Air Force under terms of the policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” – which was repealed in 2010. Witt joined the U.S. Air Force in 1987, and transferred to the reserves in 1995. In 2004, she was suspended from duty, and in 2006 discharge procedures were initiated.
Witt turned to the courts for injunctive relief, and the case went to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2010, a district court judge ruled Witt must be reinstated, as her discharge violated her constitutional rights. While the government filed an appeal, the case was eventually settled and Witt retired with full benefits and without a discharge on her official record.
For more information, please contact Andrea Parrish, digital media specialist at Gonzaga University School of Law, at 509-313-3771 or via e-mail.