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Appeals Court denies Air Force motion

SPOKANE, Wash. - A federal appeals court is denying a request to reconsider a decision that keeps alive a challenge to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that was brought by a former Air Force nurse from Spokane.

Major Margaret Witt was suspended from the Air Force after a military board found she had practiced and declared her homosexuality. She was honorably discharged in October 2007.

The U.S. District Court for Western Washington tossed out a 2006 lawsuit challenging her suspension as a violation of her rights under the Constitution's "equal protection" clause. She appealed to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

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