Lesbian Nurse Expects Air Force Reinstatement

By Staff | November 30, 2010 | 6:32 PM EST

Seattle (AP) - A lesbian flight nurse who was discharged under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy says she expects to be reinstated to the Air Force Reserve by January at the latest.

Maj. Margaret Witt and her attorneys held a news conference Tuesday at the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. They say the Justice Department said informally that it probably won't try to block Witt's reinstatement while government lawyers appeal a federal judge's ruling giving her old job back.

Witt was suspended in 2004 and subsequently discharged after the Air Force learned she had been in a long-term relationship with a civilian woman.

U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton in Tacoma ruled two months ago that Witt's firing under "don't ask, don't tell" violated her rights and ordered that she be given her job back.