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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:37 PM

Gay AF colonel invited to Obama address tonight

Gay AF colonel invited to Obama address tonight
By Markeshia Ricks - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Jan 24, 2012 15:30:50 EST

When don’t ask, don’t tell was repealed on Sept. 20, Col. Ginger Wallace thought it would mean she’d finally get to recognize the silent sacrifice of her partner in front of her colleagues and military friends.

The intelligence officer never dreamed it would get her an invitation to sit with first lady Michelle Obama at President Obama’s State-of-the-Union address at the Capitol.

But that’s where she’ll be tonight. And her partner of more than a decade, Kathy Knopf, will be watching from the White House.

In December, Knopf got to participate in Wallace’s promotion ceremony, which apparently was the first reporting of such an event following the repeal of the policy that kept gay and lesbian military members from serving openly.


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