Lots of news on the repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy dealing with gays and the military. Some good, some not good. In short: No need to open champagne bottles.
Order of Events:
- Federal Judge Virginia Phillips (Clinton appointee) made a ruling in case brought to court by the Log Cabin Republicans and concluded that the DADT policy is unconstitutional and should no longer be enforced by the military. Judge Phillips then ordered an injunction that actually stops the military to continue discharging gay soldiers
- The Justice Department, run by Eric Holder – who essentially represents the government including the military, will file an appeal on the ruling. Meaning: the Department of Justice will appeal the ruling that ends this policy.
- Today, the DOJ filed for a stay on the ruling. Meaning: the Department of Defense can continue the policy during the appeals process.
Why would the administration appeal? President is firm that the Congress needs to repeal this law. Which they might do in the lame duck session that lasts from after November 2nd to January of 2011.
The NY Times has a right up on this week’s events in their editorial. It’s pretty harsh on the President’s handling of this issue, which he has said unequivocally will be overturned by end of his first term. The House has enough votes to veto the law, it was stalled in the Senate. I’d like to tell the President to not be so obstinate in his thinking that there is only way to do this and that’s how it will be done. After all, a hard-headed, refusing to compromise President is what got Obama the job.