Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Worldwide Injunction Issued against Don't Ask Don't Tell; Dan Choi Reenlists

     NPR reports:
     A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday stopping enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, ending the military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.
     U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips' landmark ruling was widely cheered by gay rights organizations that credited her with getting accomplished what President Obama and Washington politics could not.
     "This order from Judge Phillips is another historic and courageous step in the right direction, a step that Congress has been noticeably slow in taking," said Alexander Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United and the sole named veteran plaintiff in the case along with the Log Cabin Republicans.
     Yeah, Log Cabin Republicans!

     The bad news is that the U.S Department of Justice has sixty days to appeal the decision.  How will our fierce (but toothless) advocate President Obama lead?  Will he realize his promise to end the discrimination of DADT or will he appeal the federal court's decision?

     Not wasting anytime, one soldier who had been discharged for being gay immediately reenlisted.  ABC News reports:
     Iraq War veteran and former Army Lt. Dan Choi was discharged from the National Guard in July after outing himself as a gay man, in violation of "don't ask, don't tell."
     But with the controversial military policy no longer in effect after a federal judge issued an injunction, Choi headed to a Times Square military recruitment center in New York Tuesday to re-enlist.
     "Today is a great day we can all celebrate," he said after filling out the paperwork. "I'm very excited to be in service to this country."