DADT: Log Cabin to Press on with Lawsuit; Transgender Vets Hold Out Hope for Future

The Log Cabin Republicans are pressing ahead with their lawsuit against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' despite indications that it will be repealed in the coming months, Reuters reports:

Dadt Weeks after Congress voted to repeal the law banning gays from serving openly in the military, opponents of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" returned to court on Monday seeking to press ahead with their lawsuit against the policy.

The Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group that won a landmark federal court decision last year declaring the ban unconstitutional, urged the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to proceed with its review of the legal case despite the repeal.


"Although a bill to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" statute has been passed and signed by the president, this legislative 'repeal' is not yet effective," the plaintiffs wrote in their filing.

Sandeen2 And in related news, the AP looks at the bittersweet victory of 'DADT' repeal from the perspective of transgender veterans:

The "don't ask, don't tell" policy now heading toward history does not apply to transgender recruits, who are automatically disqualified as unfit for service. But the military's long-standing posture on gender-identity has not prevented transgender citizens from signing up before they come out, or from obtaining psychological counseling, hormones and routine health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs once they return to civilian life.

So as the Pentagon prepares to welcome openly gay, lesbian and bisexual service members for the first time, [Petty Officer First Class Autumn] Sandeen is not alone in hoping the United States will one day join the seven other nations – Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, the Czech Republic, Thailand and Australia – that allow transgender troops.

Flashback: Sandeen described the slurs she endured following her arrest last April after the 'DADT' protest on the White House fence.

"Did you see it? The nerve of it to be wearing a Navy uniform. Did you see the shim in the Navy Uniform?"

Calling transgender people "it" is clearly a way of dehumanizing transgender people. "Shim" — a term relative to "she-male" — is also a dehumanizing term to identify transgender people. President Obama, your U.S. Marshal calling me "it" and "the shim" is the equivalent to calling an African-American by the n-word, or calling a Gay-American by the antigay f-word, it is absolutely unacceptable.


  1. SteveC says


    Until gay people are allowed to serve openly then the court case should proceed.

    Obama is a career politician after all. I simply don’t trust him to deliver on his promises without heavy pressure.

  2. says

    In addition to the fact that the ODOJ is still trying to legally kill the ruling that would order EXACTLY what “the study” documented that the majority of nongay troops would be totally fine with NOW—an immediate end to the ban—”President Gates” is still refusing to let it happen, insisting on things that the “repeal” bill does NOT require, specifically that changing regulations, preparing training materials, training the servicemembers, and that the “Service Chiefs are comfortable that the risks to unit cohesion and combat effectiveness of a change have been addressed to their satisfaction” BEFORE he will “certify,” but also Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin said that:

    “it shouldn’t be a long process because the Pentagon ALREADY ESTABLISHED A POLICY TO ALLOW GAYS TO SERVE OPENLY in the military when [in the LCR case] a California federal court in October issued an injunction that temporarily enjoined enforcement of the law. ‘Although they haven’t acknowledged this in public, THE REPLACEMENT REGULATIONS HAVE ALREADY BEEN WRITTEN, and so the Pentagon could easily repeal the ban TODAY if there was the political will’, Belkin said.” – The Washington Blade, January 6, 2011

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