Aubrey Sarvis, Army veteran and executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the national, non-profit legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell", released the following statement today in reaction to the news a federal district court judge issued a decision reinstating Major Margaret Witt, who was discharged from the United States Air Force under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”:
"This is a stunning victory for Major Witt and all gay and lesbian patriots serving our country today. Clearly federal courts are trending towards allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly. It is only a matter of time before this happens throughout the armed forces, but these cases are slowly working their way through the legal process and it could well be years before there is finality in the courts. The favorable Witt decision, like the Log Cabin Republicans ruling, only underscores the urgent need for the Senate to take up repeal in the lame duck session."