Federal Judge Orders End To ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
At 6:08 am on October 13, 2010
It is unclear what will happen next after a federal judge ordered an immediate end to enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on Tuesday.
The Justice Department's may seek a stay, or temporary freeze, of U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips' ruling. If Phillips turns down the request, the Justice Department would likely turn to the federal appeals court in California, according to Associated Press.
The 1993 law struck down by Phillips prevents gay servicemembers from revealing their sexual orientation, and requires their superiors not to ask unless they believe the law is being broken. According to Bloomberg News, 259 men and 169 women were discharged from the military last year under the law.
"This move will only further the desire of voters to change Congress," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. "Americans are upset and want to change Congress and the face of government because of activist judges and arrogant politicians who will not listen to the convictions of most Americans and, as importantly, the Constitution's limits on what the courts and Congress can and cannot do." Family Research Council is a Christian organization promoting traditional family and Judeo-Christian values.
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