Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights

Tell Love Defiance and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights In Margie Witt a young Air Force nurse was chosen as the face of the Air Force s Cross into the Blue recruitment campaign This was also the year that President Clinton s plan for gays to serve

  • Title: Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights
  • Author: MargaretWitt Tim Connor Margarethe Cammermeyer
  • ISBN: 9781611688429
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1993 Margie Witt, a young Air Force nurse, was chosen as the face of the Air Force s Cross into the Blue recruitment campaign This was also the year that President Clinton s plan for gays to serve openly in the military was quashed by an obdurate Congress, resulting in the blandly cynical political compromise known as Don t Ask, Don t Tell Contrary to its intent, DAIn 1993 Margie Witt, a young Air Force nurse, was chosen as the face of the Air Force s Cross into the Blue recruitment campaign This was also the year that President Clinton s plan for gays to serve openly in the military was quashed by an obdurate Congress, resulting in the blandly cynical political compromise known as Don t Ask, Don t Tell Contrary to its intent, DADT had the perverse effect of making it harder for gay servicemen and women to fight expulsion Over the next seventeen years than 13,000 gay soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guard, and airmen and women were removed from military service That is, until Margie Witt s landmark case put a stop to it Tell is the riveting story of Major Margaret Witt s dedicated and decorated military career as a frontline flight nurse, and of her love and devotion to her partner now wife Laurie Johnson Tell captures the tension and drama of the politically charged legal battle that led to the congressional repeal of the controversial law and helped pave the way for a suite of landmark political and legal victories for gay rights Tell is a testament to the power of love to transform hearts and minds, as well as a celebration of the indomitable spirit of Major Witt, her wife Laurie, her dedicated legal team, and the brave men and women who came forward to testify on her behalf in a historic federal trial The name Margaret Witt may join the canon of US civil rights pioneers Guardian Major Witt s trial provided an unparalleled opportunity to attack the central premise of Don t Ask, Don t Tell and set an important precedent New York Times A landmark ruling Politico

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    1. I remember this case. As a lesbian who served in the pre-DADT days, I was fascinated by the public, political, and legal "conversations" going on in the 1990s about the love that once upon a time "dare not speak its name."

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