The government's move is widely expected but could irritate gay rights activists in one way: the Justice Department is asking the appeals court to vacate U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips's findings that DADT was unconstitutional. That would make her ruling unavailable to be cited as non-binding precedent in other court cases.
Can you believe that crap?
I don't think I can take too much more of Barack Obama. I may just have to unplug on all things to do with the White House. Maybe blog about fun topics.
Judge Phillips found that DADT was unconstitutional and if that finding is vacated, there is no protection for gays and lesbians. This is what C.I. was explaining over and over each time the White House a court decision.
The White House didn't pass anything. They didn't push for equality or a damn thing. All they did was end Don't Ask, Don't Tell. They didn't outlaw it. It could return under another president.
That decision is all we have. It was the right decision. It was a brave decision. There is no reason to vacate it.
If we had even one functioning LGBT rights group, you better believe this would be a major issue.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"