“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Military Policy Has Been Overturned
Matt | On 10, Sep 2010
There was big news on the military front on Thursday.
The military’s ass-backward “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy against gays and lesbians serving openly in the military was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in California.
In an 85-page ruling, Judge Virginia Phillips cited violations of both First and Fifth Amendment rights as the legal reasoning behind her decision. In simple terms, the First Amendment covers the right to free speech. The Fifth Amendment entitles citizens to due process under the law.
This is a major victory for gay rights groups, such as the Log Cabin Republicans who were listed as the plaintiffs in the case against the federal government. The ruling is expected to be appealed so the government doesn”t have to enforce it immediately. But, at the same time, President Obama and military leaders have been seriously toying with the idea of getting rid of DADT altogether. The court’s ruling puts their feet to the fire now.
It’s about damn time that this ruling was overturned! We are fighting two wars that we can barely keep up with and pay for as it is. As a citizen of this country, I could give two sh*ts about who is banging somebody’s head into the headboard at night! We have much bigger national security threats at home [HELLO QURAN BURNING?!] than wondering who kicked their leg up for whom in their private time. It’s pointless and it doesn’t serve America’s interests.
There are those that argue about “unit cohesiveness” and how DADT helped that. Bullshit. There are service men/women who have done two and three tours of duty away from their families just because they are in a military that’s overstretched. Meanwhile, there are openly gay TRAINED service men/women sitting at home in America not serving because of who they choose to sleep with?!
[searches HIGH AND LOW for logic]