President Obama and his administration was ordered to stop DADT discharges immediately. On the side of progress we are sure President Obama will comply with the Judges orders and not pander to the right. President Obama said in his Rolling Stone interview that he plans on ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’.
This is one the monumental moments in Presidents Obama Presidency where he will have to take a stand and say yes this is wrong and put forth efforts to completely ending DADT. This is one of the defining moments in his presidency, will he make the right decision? We certainly HOPE so.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ landmark ruling was widely cheered by gay rights organizations that credited her with getting accomplished what President Obama and Washington politics could not.
‘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 and the sole named veteran plaintiff in the case along with the Log Cabin Republicans.
Servicemembers United is the nation’s largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans.
U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have 60 days to appeal. Legal experts say the department is under no legal obligation to do so and could let Phillips’ ruling stand.
Phillips declared the law unconstitutional after a two-week nonjury trial in federal court in Riverside. She said the Log Cabin Republicans ‘established at trial that the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Act irreparably injures servicemembers by infringing their fundamental rights.’