Published:Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Bill of Rights Dinner on Saturday was such a celebration! I have to tell you a story about it. We gave an award to Major Margaret Witt, the medaled air force major who was drummed out of the service under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We won her case and she participated in the successful effort to get Congress to rescind Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. At the end of her acceptance speech, she said “I have a final, sort of personal thing to say.” She turned to her partner, and said, “Laurie, I have a question to ask you. (pause, and the whole room gasped) Will you marry me?” The room exploded! It was such a wonderful moment and the only proposal in the 30+ years I’ve been attending the Bill of Rights Dinner.