Discharged nurse to attend repeal signing

Maj. Margaret Witt, a former squadron member at McChord Air Force Base who was discharged in 2004 because of her sexuality, plans to be there today when President Barack Obama signs a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

Witt, now of Spokane, was discharged just short of retirement after the Air Force learned she had been in a relationship with a civilian woman. She sued, and in September U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton in Tacoma found that her dismissal was unconstitutional because it advanced no legitimate military interest. He ordered her reinstated .

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents Witt, said she flew Tuesday to Washington, D.C., and will attend the ceremony today.

Witt said she’s excited to be there for all those who can’t attend. She expects to rejoin the Air Force Reserve early next year.