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Good Enough for Government

In Good Enough For Government, Matt on September 10, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Log Cabin Republicans vs. United States of America and Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips (Central District of California) ruled in favor of a group of plaintiffs called Log Cabin Republicans (a Republican, non-profit activist organization that refers to itself as “the nation’s only organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans” and is legit enough to have Sen. Cornyn slated to speak at their National Dinner on Sept. 22nd [although he is supposedly opposed to repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”) who sued the United States Government and Sec. Robert Gates on the grounds that they, through the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, have violated the constitutional rights of gay armed service members guaranteed by the 1st and 5th amendments.

In her 85 page written opinion (86 if you include the cover page), Judge Phillips has given the plaintiffs until the 16th to file for an injunction that would put a halt to “further enforcement of the Act”.

The case was tried in July, during two periods: the 13th-16th and the 20th-23rd, and was originally filed on October 12, 2004.

Both these articles are good: The Washington Post; The Boston Globe, but this one is a little better: The Los Angeles Times. Pretty much any article you read though, is probably going to be very close to all the others.

So if this stands, Pres. Obama technically won’t be able to take credit for ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, unless he told the Justice Department Attorneys to throw the case, which judging by this statement by Judge Phillips:  “Finally, it again must be noted that Defendants called no witnesses, put on no affirmative case, and only entered into evidence the legislative history of the Act”, from the 2nd paragraph on page 84 of her ruling it doesn’t seem like a totally outrageous possibility. But moving on, the Republican party would have the legitimate claim to being the party that actually ended it.

Weird world.

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