The Beginning of the End of DADT?
October 13, 2010
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Wow! So much happened yesterday that I want to talk about. I’m not sure where to begin.
First let’s start with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. We all read yesterday with a happy heart that DADT was ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips, of Riverside, California. In her decision, she said that the 17 year old law.
What will President Obama do? His Justice Department now has 60 days to appeal the decision. That, ironically, is after the self-mandated December 1st deadline set forth by Defense Secretary Robert Gates on the review of the DADT policy.
Kerry Eleveld of The Advocate tells us that “Justice Department attorneys may seek to appeal Phillips’s injunction to the U.S. court of appeals for the ninth circuit. They have argued that the district judge does not have the authority to block DADT.”
E.J. Dionne, of WaPo has a great op-ed in today issue. He writes, “You can be gay and serve – as long as nobody knows you are gay. Or as long as nobody who knows tells anyone else you are gay. Or as long as nobody finds out you are gay. It just doesn’t make much sense, and what can be a greater violation of individual rights than the demand that someone keep an important part of his or her identity secret? Not to mention that the policy invited dishonesty — and, potentially, intimidation and blackmail.”
And as many within the LGBT community cheer this decision, they need to stop and be reminded who brought this case. It was the Log Cabin Republicans. It makes me proud to say that I am apart of their leadership.