Wednesday, July 14, 2010

DADT lawsuit gets underway

Yesterday, a federal trial in California was begun in attempt to overturn Don't Ask Don't Tell. Though repeal of the policy is "supposedly" working its way through both the Pentagon and the chambers of Congress, many gay activists - including myself - are skeptical at the bureaucratic efforts of repeal. From the foolishly worded survey, to the compromise that the Obama Administration came up with to pass it through Congress, the gay community has felt taken advantage of and manipulated. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the Log Cabin Republicans - a republican gay advocacy group - filed this lawsuit.

The associated press has an excellent synopsis of the case here.

Woods said he plans to use the remarks of Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other top military commanders as evidence the policy should be overturned.
Woods argued the policy violates the rights of gay military members to free speech, due process and open association.
"If they wish to serve in our armed forces, homosexuals must conceal the core of their identity, they must lie — in violation of their honor and duty," Woods said. "Our military excludes these men and women from service solely on the basis of status and conduct that is constitutionally protected."
Woods said 29 nations, including Israel, Canada, Germany and Sweden, allow openly gay individuals to serve in their military, and gays can also serve in the FBI, CIA and even as the commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces.

I will hope and pray that the Judge in this case sees the light and strikes down this terrible policy as unconstitutional.

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