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Judge orders halt to ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’…..

Another decisison against the law from a Federal Judge….

 

A federal judge has issued an injunction that stops the military’s ban on openly gay people serving in the military.

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips on Tuesday barred the enforcement of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law. Phillips ordered the Department of Defense to halt investigations and discharges of military members stemming from the Clinton-era law.

President Obama has committed to scrapping the ban, and the Pentagon is now reviewing the effect a repeal would have on the troops. Meanwhile, the House has successfully included legislation to repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell” in the 2011 defense authorization bill, but the Senate has yet to act on that legislation.

Gay-rights activists cheered the federal judge’s injunction.

“This order from Judge Phillips is another historic and courageous step in the right direction, a step that Congress has been noticeably slow in taking,” said Alexander Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also hailed the decision, saying in a message on Twitter that it was a further “affirmation” that constitutional rights are being denied in the policy. Separately, a spokesman for Pelosi said the Speaker wants the administration to put a moratorium on all dismissals under “Don’t ask, don’t tell” until the Senate considers legislation repealing the policy……

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October 13, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Updates, Women | , ,

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