Ninth Circuit grants Obama’s request to reinstate ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

by CynthiaYockey on November 1, 2010

DON'T ASK DON'T TELL

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I’m phoning this one in — here’s the press release dated Nov. 1 from the Log Cabin Republicans:

(Washington, DC) – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the Obama administration’s request to resurrect the failed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy while they continue defending the law in court. The policy was suspended after a federal District Court judge granted a world-wide injunction halting discharges and requiring the military not to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

“Log Cabin Republicans is disappointed that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ will continue to burden our armed forces, undermine national security and limit the freedom of our men and women in uniform,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans. “Despite this temporary setback, Log Cabin remains confident that we will ultimately prevail on behalf of servicemembers’ constitutional rights. In the meantime, we urge President Obama to use his statutory stop-loss power to halt discharges under this discriminatory and wasteful policy. The president claims to want to see ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ended. It is time that he stop talking and start working to make a real difference for gay and lesbian Americans by pushing for repeal when Congress returns.”

“The court’s ruling is a disappointment not only to us, but also to all gay and lesbian servicemembers who bravely put themselves in harm’s way so that we can all enjoy the constitutional rights and freedoms that they themselves are being denied,” said Dan Woods, White & Case partner who is representing Log Cabin Republicans. “The decision only slows the day when military service will be available to all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, who want nothing more than to serve their country honorably and patriotically. We will continue to fight on for the constitutional rights of these Americans and look forward to a favorable decision on the merits of the appeal. Meanwhile, we will discuss the court’s order with our client to determine whether we will ask for a review of the order by the US Supreme Court.”

Log Cabin Republicans filed suit in federal district court against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2004. The case went to trial in Riverside, California in July of 2010, and Judge Virginia Phillips ruled on September 9, 2010, that the policy violated the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution.

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  • Havewatch

    OK, I don’t get it.

    I mean, I know he was never pro-equality, but to chase away the gay vote entirely? Do gays disgust Obama so much he can’t even bear the thought of their support?

    Is the man stupid or just insanely hateful?

    • Janis

      “Or?”

    • Attmay

      I’m starting to think that, yet again, it’s his ego. He wants to claim the glory of repealing DADT for himself. But the Democrats never had any serious intention of repealing DADT, and their gay enablers like HRC proved they are Democrats first, last, and everything between.

      But on gay blogs I have seen the infantile, inaccurate, and borderline anti-semitic “Jews for Hitler” insults grind to a halt.

      • CynthiaYockey

        Attmay,

        Obama knows how to tell people what they want to hear so they will shut up in the belief that he agrees with them and will keep his promises, then he does whatever he wants. The largest voting bloc he has the tiniest chance of holding onto for 2012 is black people. The race hustlers with dreams of domination have succeeded in getting black ministers to persuade their congregations that they can deny gay people equality by claiming our equality is not a case of unalienable civil rights but immorality that must be destroyed. As a bonus, it’s a safe way to express hatred for white people, in the same way that denouncing bankers and lenders is code for denouncing Jews. Obama will do whatever his anti-gay black voting bloc wants. In fact, most of the Left strikes me as being anti-gay since we can’t be counted on as breeders and we don’t really want to bring down capitalism on account of how much we have to be entrepreneurs to cope with the effects of being second-class citizens and because we earn our way and like nice things, beautiful homes and the arts. If gay equality could help bring down capitalism, then our equality would have been Obama’s first order of business.

        Obama opposes gay equality — look at his actions, never his words. He wants credit for keeping gays on the Left, working and donating for the equality of people who hate them and will kill them any chance they get, while never delivering on any of his promises.

        Cynthia

        • Attmay

          You are right about how gays have benefitted from free trade. The archetypal urban gay man obsessed with fashion, fitness, and fabulousness could not exist in a communist or socialist country.

          I saw Obama for what he was the minute he said “God is in the mix”, and knew when he had anti-gay, “ex-gay” gospel “singer” Donnie McClurkin on his South Carolina bus tour, that that was not a fluke.

          The president to pass the most anti-gay federal legislation in history was Bill Clinton, a Democrat; if he had vetoed DADT and DOMA I don’t know whether there were enough votes for a veto override by congress. The current president who is fighting to keep that legislation alive is also a Democrat.

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