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California Court Won't Suspend DADT Case

Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips declared the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy unconstitutional and barred the military from enforcing it. Late yesterday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the Department of Justice to file papers by the end of February that argues why they believe the court should overturn Phillips' ruling.

As you know, just yesterday it was revealed that Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants a training plan for DADT repeal implemenatiion by February 4th.

CartThe AP reports:

"Government lawyers asked the 9th Circuit earlier this month to set aside the case because the Pentagon was moving quickly to satisfy the steps Congress outlined last month when it voted to allow the ban's repeal. A Justice Department spokeswoman said it had no comment Saturday. The appeals court did not explain in its order why it rejected the request. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said he expected to finalize the repeal and allow openly gay Americans to join the armed forces before the end of the year."

"On Friday, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters that the training of officers and troops the Pentagon has said is a predicate to full repeal would begin in February. The Log Cabin Republicans, the gay political group whose lawsuit challenging 'don't ask, don't tell' persuaded District Court Judge Virginia Phillips in September to enjoin the military from enforcing the policy, had opposed the government's effort to put the case on hold."

"R. Clarke Cooper, the group's president, said Saturday that while he thinks the Pentagon's efforts are sincere, the case should proceed as long as gay servicemembers still can be discharged. 'We said all along to the government we would drop our case if they would cease all discharges and remove all barriers to open service,' Cooper said."

Read a copy of the short order, AFTER THE JUMP.


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  1. A little late for Valentine's day.

    Posted by: Natira | Jan 29, 2011 10:51:04 PM

  2. How pitiful is it that only a gay Repug group is standing up to the Obama DOJ bully tactics regarding gays in the military while DNC-affiliated gay groups are silent?

    I'll NEVER vote Repug, but seriously WTF?

    Posted by: | Jan 29, 2011 10:54:28 PM

  3. The one in the photo is an obvious homosexual.


    Posted by: Mrs Patrick Campbell | Jan 30, 2011 5:16:31 AM

  4. When the Senate voted to repeal "Don't ask, Don't tell" I thought the 9th Circuit would dismiss the case. Regardless of the feeling most have for the Log Cabin's, this move was perfect!!. The Pentagon could hold off on this indefinitely.

    This move by the 9th Circuit also shows how likely Prop 8 will go; in our favour. Although the Court refered 8 to the Supreme Court, it's also (albeit a delay)a huge deal, as the supporters of Prop 8 know, the more & more WE win, the more DOM, et al are coming to tearms that they won't win.

    Posted by: JM | Jan 30, 2011 11:34:07 AM

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