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It also relies on a 2008 decision from the 9th Circuit that the Air Force violated the civil rights of flight nurse Margaret Witt when it fired her under “don’t ask, don’t tell” without demonstrating she needed to be removed to protect her reserve unit’s cohesion or readiness.
Lawyers for the three plaintiffs in the latest suit plan to contend that allowing gay service members to serve openly actually strengthens the armed forces by not requiring them to keep their sexual orientations a secret.
Mr. Almy, a decorated officer who was in the Senate chambers last week when Republicans refused to let the repeal measure advance, said he still hopes lawmakers can be persuaded to take up the standalone bill even if it means postponing their vacations.
The son of an Air Force officer who did not know his son was gay, Mr. Almy was discharged in 2006 after another member of the Air Force searching his computer files found a private e-mail Mr. Almy had written to another man when he was in Iraq. His 13-year career ended with his being given a police escort off base.
“I spent four Christmases deployed in the Middle East,” he said. “If we can make that kind of sacrifice for our nation, certainly our senators can give up a Christmas to get this done.”
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