The Pentagon is warning gay service members that they may want to think twice about revealing their sexuality just because a federal judge in California has barred the military from enforcing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.That's from Josh Gerstein's "Pentagon: gay troops wise to stay quiet" (Politico). Isn't that sweet? Isn't a Barack a piece of s**t?
I'm so sick of him. We have a court verdict that overturns Don't Ask, Don't Tell. That verdict makes Barack's campaign promise come true. Instead of being happy that someone had the strength and guts to do what needed to be done, Barack's ordered the Justice Department to appeal the decision.
Judge Virginia Philips did a great thing but instead of treating her like the hero she is, Barack's going after her.
I'm so sick of it and I'm so sick of Barack. And the embarrassing liars that cover for him. One group got ditched here last night. You'll see it disappear from most community sites. It's already started. Mike and Wally and Ruth purged it last night. We're all sick of it and it's attempts to lie and whore for Barack.
And the pathetic group I ditched? They've stayed silent on DADT.
Servicemembers United is not a radical group and they're a bit too centrist for my own taste but they managed to speak out on this issue. This is a press release from them:
Does Administration HAVE to Appeal Decision?
October 15, 2010:
Administration Tells Justice Department to Appeal DADT Decision,
Simultaneously Says DO NOT APPEAL Right Wing Legal Victory
Claims that Administration “Must Appeal” DADT Ruling Contradicted
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Servicemembers United, the nation’s largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, issued the following statement today in response to the news, reported in the Washington Post, that the Obama administration has ordered the Justice Department this week not to appeal a ruling in favor of the right-wing Alliance Defense Fund:
“In the very same week, the administration says that it absolutely must appeal a federal court’s decision on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ while it orders the Justice Department not to appeal a federal court’s ruling in favor of the conservative Alliance Defense Fund. This contradiction is simply incomprehensible and insulting,” said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United and the sole named veteran plaintiff in the case along with the Log Cabin Republicans. “Servicemembers United renews its call for the administration to withdraw its appeal of both the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ruling and the injunction pursuant to that ruling.”
In August, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the Alliance Defense Fund, a right-wing Christian organization, on First Amendment grounds in a case involving proselytizing in national parks. The case in question is Boardley vs. U.S. Department of the Interior. This week, the Justice Department declined to appeal that ruling.
In September, a federal district court ruled in favor of the Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative gay organization challenging the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, on First and Fifth Amendment grounds. This week, the administration instructed the Justice Department to appeal that ruling while insisting that it had no choice but to appeal.
Servicemembers United, a non-profit and non-partisan organization, is the nation’s largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans and their allies. Based in Washington, DC, Servicemembers United actively engages in education and advocacy on issues affecting the gay military, veteran, and defense community.
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