Gay rights – 1, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – 0

Major Margaret Witt, a decorated flight nurse, was fired from the Air Force in 2004 after it was discovered that she was in a long-term relationship with a woman. Now, U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton has judged that she should be given her job back and allowed to serve, despite being openly gay. You can read more here.

3 thoughts on “Gay rights – 1, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – 0

  1. The opinion and some analysis is here:

    It might actually be “gay rights” “2” and DADT 0 this month, given the previous opinion brought by the Log Cabin Republicans,

    Of course, in the Witt case, it is “lesbian rights,” since “gay” doesn’t necessarily include lesbians, in the same way “men” doesn’t necessarily include women.

    And lesbians/women are disproportionately subject to DADT, see statistics here:

  2. Thanks for these links. I was under the impression that ‘gay’ had the same meaning as ‘queer’, and so meant both gay men and gay women. How do other people use it? Is mine a UK usage? Or am I just wrong?

  3. Monkey: that’s definitely the standard usage of the term (as a general term, that is) in the US and Canada but, like RR, I do have some difficulty with it. It’s kind of like how it’s acceptable for the media to use “beg the question” to mean “raises the question,” and I guess it’s OK, but it frustrates me to no end. =)

    In any case, I don’t think you’re really in the wrong: whatever we might prefer, “gay” has become a general designation for “homosexual” or “queer”. The tension with gender-neutrality is interesting, but I don’t know how far we can really go with it at this point.

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