A federal judge has declared that the Military no longer enforce the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, effectively ending the military’s 17 year-old ban openly gay troops The US district judge is Virginia Phillips issued the ruling that will potentially change the face of the U.S. Military at home and abroad and has been widely cheered by gay rights organizations. The United States DOJ attorneys now have 60 days to appeal this ruling, thought they could just let Phillips ruling just stand.
Writing for the SF Chronicle, Bob Egelko, reports:
A federal judge ordered the U.S. military today to immediately halt all discharges of openly gay personnel under “don’t ask, don’t tell,” a policy she declared unconstitutional last month.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips of Riverside rejected the Obama administration’s request to delay an injunction blocking enforcement of the 1993 law while the issue is before Congress, or to limit its scope to the gay-rights group that sued to overturn the law.
A trial in her court established that “the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Act irreparably injures service members by infringing their fundamental rights,” Phillips said. She said her Sept. 9 ruling applied to the entire policy and not just to its effect on the 19,000-member Log Cabin Republicans, the plaintiff group.
Fox News’ Shepard Smith reports this breaking news earlier today:
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