Another Victory for Gays in the Military:
Federal Judge Stops Enforcement of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
October 12, 2010
A California federal judge today issued a global injunction to suspend the U.S. military from enforcing its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which bans lesbians and gays from serving openly in the military.
"The cracks are showing, and Don't Ask Don't Tell is starting to crumble at last," said NOW President Terry O'Neill. "NOW applauds this latest victory in the struggle toward fully equal treatment for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military personnel."
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the policy is unconstitutional and violates current and prospective service members' due process rights and free speech rights. The ruling bars the military from applying the policy and suspends any investigations, discharges and other related actions.
Judge Phillips delivered the landmark decision on Sept. 9, 2010, but issued the anticipated injunction today. The ruling is expected to be appealed.
"This adds pressure to the overall dismantling of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. NOW calls on President Obama and the Pentagon to comply with the order immediately, rather than appeal the judge's decision. Don't Ask, Don't Tell is fundamentally unfair, unjust and unconstitutional," said O'Neill.
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That is very good news. I think NOW got very, very lucky when Terry O'Neill decided to run for president. Kim Gandy had already hand-picked her successor at that point and NOW was far, far from being about the needs of women in the final years of Ms. Gandy's term. The organization would have continued that drift and refused to challenge and fight for women. Ms. O'Neill came in with a number of us suspicious just because of the drift towards the partriarchy NOW experienced under Ms. Gandy. I think Ms. O'Neill has now more than demonstrated that, as NOW president, she will fight hard to make sure the issues that matter are addressed.
Other than offering Ms. O'Neill some more-than-earned praise, I do not have much tonight. I had some dental work done today (thank you to Rebecca for watching my grandson and for all her help today).
I was too out of it to listen to Taking Aim (WBAI) today. I will try and blog on it tomorrow night.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: