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Witt’s memoir to get an Auntie’s launch

As president, Bill Clinton faced a number of controversial issues. One of the more contentious of them came to be known by the somewhat simple slogan "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

That, of course, was the supposed solution to the supposed problem posed by gay men and lesbians serving in the military. It was no solution at all, actually, and in many ways made life even worse for the very personnel its aim was to protect.

The whole issue is explained in the memoir "Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights," which was written by Major Margaret Witt (with Tim Connor). It was Witt's lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force that ended up causing the government to abandon "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Auntie's Bookstore will present a special 7 p.m. "launch" of Witt's book, which will include a signing. Witt is currently a rehabilitation supervisor for the Portland VA Health Care System in Portland, Oregon.

For a detailed look at Witt's specific legal case, including an interview, click here.

Warning: This could be a particularly popular event, and space is limited. So get there early.