LOS ANGELES – A federal judge said she will issue an order to halt the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, after she declared the ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled Thursday that the prohibition on openly gay military service members was unconstitutional because it violates the First and Fifth Amendment rights of gays and lesbians.
The policy doesn't help military readiness and instead has a "direct and deleterious effect" on the armed services by hurting recruitment efforts during wartime and requiring the discharge of service members who have critical skills and training, she said.
Answer by lovinangels at 8:37 AM on Sep. 10, 2010
How it can be unconstitutional to tell someone to keep their sex life to themselves at the workplace and to tell someone to keep their mouths shut about other peoples sex lives at work
The major problem is that usually others are the ones spreading rumors or outright tattling on the soldiers who are homosexuals. From there they are brought up on charges of homosexual activity regardless of the lack of proof and then are court martialed. If found guilty, which is usually the case, they are dishonorably discharged. So, it isn't about people running around talking about their homosexuality. These people have to hide who they are and face unfair consequences if their sexual orientation is leaked. It's sad, and it isn't right.
Answer by KelleyP77 at 11:36 AM on Sep. 10, 2010
Answer by SophiaofLight at 8:34 AM on Sep. 10, 2010
Government lawyers said the judge lacked the authority to issue a nationwide injunction.
HAHA!!! Try again!
Answer by matthewscandi at 8:44 AM on Sep. 10, 2010
Answer by ceallaigh at 9:27 AM on Sep. 10, 2010
Answer by Zoeyis at 8:31 AM on Sep. 10, 2010
Answer by dullscissors at 9:01 AM on Sep. 10, 2010
They haven't announced what they would do, I hope they CONCEDE
I hope they fight it just to put that judge in her place. She has no authority for things like that and she needs to be reminded of that.
Answer by matthewscandi at 9:13 AM on Sep. 10, 2010
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