Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Department of Justice Demands Reinstitution of Don't Ask Don't Tell

     One day after a federal court issued a worldwide injunction halting the implementation of the hate-and-myth-based Don't Ask Don't Tell, President Obama's Department of Justice wants the power to discriminate immediately reinstated, even though it's been declared unconstitutional in federal court.  Despite the fact that we live in a nation where all are created equal, our president, his administration, and a minority of senators want to continue discriminating against gays and lesbians.  Some justice.

     The Los Angeles Times reports:
     The Justice Department on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco to quickly set aside a judge's order that bars enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, saying the judge's "extraordinary decision" went too far, too fast...
     Moreover, the judge's order suspending enforcement of the military's "don't ask" policy has caused "confusion and uncertainty" at the Pentagon and among gays and lesbians in the ranks, the government said.  If an appeals court reverses the judge and affirms the constitutionality of the law, it "would create tremendous uncertainty about the status of service members who may reveal their sexual orientation in reliance" on the judge's order suspending the law, the government said.
     For all these reasons, it said a three-judge panel should issue an emergency order lifting the injunction.  If the 9th Circuit refuses to lift the judge's order, the government could then seek an emergency stay from the U.S. Supreme Court.
     The confusion being created is not the fault of the courts, but the fault of a commander in chief, who doesn't have the balls to stick up for what he claims is right and just.

     This confusion is part of what it means to be gay or lesbian in a nation where one's civil rights are bartered.  You can be civilly married; you can serve in the military.  No wait.  You can't.  The majority, the minority, or whomever has a finger on the button can grant you your inalienable rights or strip them away.  This is not hyperbole.  This is the reality in the military, in California, in Maine, in America.