Friday, September 10, 2010
Judge orders injunction against Federal "Don't ask, don't tell" policy
In Riverside, California, on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ordered an injunction halting the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gay service members in the armed forces. This policy has been in effect since the 1990s after it was instituted by former President Bill Clinton.
According to the judge, the military's discriminatory policies against homosexual service members do not help national readiness and, rather, has a "direct and deleterious effect" upon the armed forces. Government lawyers are arguing that Judge Phillips does not have the authority to issue such an order, which was sought by the 19,000 Log Cabin Republican organization.
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