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 on Thursday granted a request for an injunction halting the government’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays in the military.
Via the AP:
Phillips says the policy doesn’t help military readiness and instead has a “direct and deleterious effect” on the armed services.
The lawsuit was the biggest legal test of the law in recent years and came amid promises by President Barack Obama that he will work to repeal the policy.
Government lawyers argued Phillips lacked the authority to issue a nationwide injunction and the issue should be decided by Congress.
The injunction was sought by the Log Cabin Republicans, a 19,000-member group that includes current and former military members.
The Log Cabin Republicans, which is a gay and lesbian Republican grassroots organization requested an injunction halting the use of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” even though there is a provision currently sitting in the senate to repeal it.
Of course, when I say “sitting in the Senate” I mean that Republican opposition to the measure is permanently stalling all efforts. What I don’t understand is, The Log Cabin Republicans who didn’t support any Democrat candidates, instead throwing their support behind right wing Congress that doesn’t support their agenda and is directly responsible for blocking the repeal of DADT have spent a lot of time on their website criticizing Obama for his broken promise to repeal DADT.
Now don’t get me wrong here. I’m glad that the injunction was moved forward. DADT was restrictive and is based on old antiquated beliefs that aren’t supported by data. My issue is that a GLBT group that is openly and actively shunned by the party they support would go so far as to claim a victory against the president that supported the same views as their own. Politics at play again?