Cyclist killed was attorney who fought gay policy

Cyclist Killed Was Attorney Who Fought Gay Policy

SEATTLE — The King County Medical Examiner’s office has identified the bicyclist who died in a collision with a truck in downtown Seattle as a well-respected attorney who in 2010 was part of the American Civil Liberties Union’s legal team that challenged the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

ACLU Washington spokesman Doug Honig told The Seattle Times that 31-year-old Sher Kung helped the ACLU represent Air Force Maj. Margaret Witt, a decorated flight nurse dismissed from the military for being gay. The case helped set a precedent that the military would need to prove sexual orientation had a negative impact on morale in order to dismiss someone, and made it possible for Witt to return to her position.

Kung died less than two weeks before the city was scheduled to make major bicycle-safety improvements to the Second Avenue bike lane, which is notorious among bicyclists because of its left-turns.

More in Local News

Food stuffs for a local chapter of A Simple Gesture at Fitness Evolution, the communal pick-up point, in Arlington on Jan. 12. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
There’s an easier way to donate to food banks

Grab a green bag, fill it gradually with grocery items — and someone will pick it up from your home.

Lake Stevens man shot by deputies reportedly was suicidal

The fatal shooting is the latest incident where someone apparently wanted police to fire.

Man suspected of robbing Rite Aids

Mill Creek police released a sketch Monday evening of the suspect.

Suspect: Marysville church fire ignited by burning shoelaces

The 21-year-old told police it was an accident, but he’s under investigation for second-degree arson.

Police seek witnesses to Marysville hit-and-run

A Seattle man suffered broken bones in the accident.

Tracking device leads police to bank robbery suspect

The man walked into a Wells Fargo around 3:15 Tuesday and told the teller he had a bomb.

Mayor, others break ground on low-barrier housing in Everett

Somers: The complex is expected to save lives and “really shows the heart of this community.”

Volunteers conduct annual count of homeless population

They worked througha standard set of questions to learn why people have ended up where they are.

Former Everett councilman also sued his employer, the county

Ron Gipson says he suffered racial discrimination related to an investigation into sexual harassment.

Most Read