Friday, September 10, 2010

Judge says you can ask and tell now

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 11:46 AM

A federal judge has declared the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy to be unconstitutional. Well, that's a relief. Though, I'm sure homosexuals in our military are skeptical. So they can ask and tell today, but what about next week?

And, why did anyone in our government think that it would be OK to legislate outright bigotry, especially after the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s?

Policies like "Don't ask, don't tell" have no place in a society where freedom is cherished.

More on the judge's ruling from the Associated Press' Raquel Maria Dillon:

A federal judge said she will issue an order to halt the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, after she declared the ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled Thursday that the prohibition on openly gay military service members was unconstitutional because it violates the First and Fifth Amendment rights of gays and lesbians.

The policy doesn't help military readiness and instead has a "direct and deleterious effect" on the armed services by hurting recruitment efforts during wartime and requiring the discharge of service members who have critical skills and training, she said.

Read the rest of the article here.

And, go ahead and put a check mark in the "Obama campaign promises kept" column. Let's just hope the ruling sticks.

60 Minutes ran a piece on the policy in 2008. Here is it, in two parts:

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