Cyclist killed was attorney who fought gay policy

  • Sun Aug 31st, 2014 4:27pm
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Associated Press

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.