Two high-profile “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal advocates celebrated their retirement from the military during a Sunday ceremony under the spires of the U.S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va.
One fought her discharge under DADT in court and won a key legal precedent that other gay service members have relied on in their own lawsuits. The other successfully blocked his impending separation under the policy and has never shied from a press opportunity to tell his story. Both have become close friends — and Rachel Maddow Show regulars — through their battles.
The retirement ceremony of Maj. Margaret Witt and Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach was officiated by gay rights activist legend Col. Margarethe “Grethe” Cammermeyer, who was discharged from the military, sued, and later won her reinstatement in the National Guard (she retired in 1997 with full benefits and privileges). The ceremonial retirement orders for Witt and Fehrenbach came less than three weeks from the official end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” on Sept. 20.
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