Top Ten Lesbian Newsmakers of 2012
Maj. Margaret Witt, Former Air Force Major
Former Air Force Major Margaret Witt marked the year anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in what might be the best way possible — by getting married to the love of her life. In December, Witt married her longtime partner, Laurie Johnson, in a small ceremony in Spokane, Wash., just days after the state's newly minted marriage equality law took effect. Witt and her wife were the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license at the Spokane County Courthouse just before 8:30 a.m. on December 6, the first day such licenses were available. Washington state enacted marriage equality after voters approved Referendum 74 in the November election, which means Washington now joins Maryland, Maine, New York, Connecticut, New Hamshire, Iowa, Vermont, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia in allowing same-sex couples to marry. Witt's attorney in her successful federal court challenge to her dismissal under DADT, Jim Lobsenz, presided over Witt's ceremony. Talk about sweet justice.
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