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DoJ Files Automated Appeal to Air Force Maj. Margaret Witt’s Reenlistment Case

Two months after a federal judge demanded the Air Force reinstate lesbian Maj. Margaret Witt comes DoJ’s appeal in Witt v. U.S. Department of the Air Force, with the usual reasoning that DADT is constitutional because Congress passed it or whatever. But DoJ is not asking for an immediate stay of the injunction, as it did with Log Cabin Republicans v. USA, which means Witt can continue with reenlistment. So, hooray, question mark?

Witt seems happy, saying Tuesday, “I am thrilled to be able to serve in the Air Force again,” Witt said in statement released Tuesday. “The men and women in the unit are like family members to me, and I’ve been waiting a long time to rejoin them.” And Press Sec. Gibbs was \all, “This filing in no way diminishes the president’s — and his administration’s — firm commitment to achieving a legislative repeal of DADT this year.”