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DOD Lawyers Study Judge’s 'Don’t Ask, Don't Tell' Injunction

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2010 – Ninth Circuit District Judge Virginia Phillips, based in California, today ordered the Defense Department to stop enforcing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law immediately.

In September, Phillips ruled the law was unconstitutional in the case Log Cabin Republicans vs. the United States of America.

The Phillips ruling permanently enjoins DOD “from enforcing or applying the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Act and implementing regulations, against any person under their jurisdiction or command.”

The judge further ordered DOD “immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation or other proceeding, that may have been commenced under the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Act.”

“We have just learned of this ruling,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith. “We are now studying it and we will be in consultation with the Department of Justice.”

 

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10/13/2010 1:21:39 PM
I cannot believe that Defense leadership is more concerned with gay and lesbian troops being known for their sexual orientation than doing something constructive to reduce the phenomenal percentage of heterosexual rape of U.S. military women by our own male soldiers! Homophobia is apparently more devastating that physical rape of a co-worker needing to use the latrine in the middle of the night. You can bet most military folk already know or suspect who in their squad is gay. It isn't going to change things. Put your money and concern where it needs to be--on heterosexual rape in the military.
- Dixie Faries, Woodbridge VA

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