A Federal Judge Orders Halt to Expulsion of Gays
In a blow to supporters of "Don't ask, don't tell," the federal policy that mandates the expulsion of homosexual soldiers serving in the United States military, a federal judge has ordered an injunction against the policy. In a September ruling, a U.S. District Judge found that the policy was unconstitutional.
Judge Virginia Phillips rejected a request by the Obama administration to delay her injunction ending the controversial policy. And ordered a permanent end to "Don't ask, don't tell."
The named plaintiffs in the case were Alexander Nicholson, who is executive director of Servicemembers United, an organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans. The case was filed in 2004 by the Log Cabin Republicans with the goal of killing the policy.
The Obama administration, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the secretary of Defense, as well as a majority in Congress and, by polling data, the American people support ending the ban on gays' open-military service. The Judiciary has now weighed in — let the 2010 election battle over gay rights begin!