September 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Southern California has declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips has granted a request for an injunction halting the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gay and lesbian citizens serving in the U. S. military. Philips stated that DADT doesn't support military readiness and in fact has a "direct and deleterious effect" on the armed services as a whole. Government attorneys from the Department of Justice argued that Philips, a Federal judge, lacks authority to issue an injunction. They will be able to appeal the Judge's decision. The injunction was requested by the Log Cabin Republicans.