DADT not dead yet


If you thought DADT was gone then you don’t know Dick:

The Department of Justice has requested a short-term emergency stay from the 9th Circuit Court, which last week lifted its stay of an injunction halting enforcement of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ law barring gay and lesbian military personnel from open service.

Late last year, in the Log Cabin Republicans v. USA case, Judge Virginia Phillips found the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law and policy unconstitutional, and ordered the military to cease enforcing the law by placing an injunction on the policy. The 9th Cir. later placed a stay on the injunction as the Obama Department of Justice continued to appeal the case. Last week the 9th Cir. agreed with Log Cabin lawyers from the law firm White & Case that there was no need to continue enforcing the DADT policy and that the injunction on the policy should be put back in place.

The move comes as the Pentagon moves into the final stages of certifying the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask,’ passed in December and signed into law. Once the Pentagon, the Defense Secretary and President certify that the military is ready to implement repeal, the last steps in the process of ending the law will follow a 60 day Congressional review period.

“This latest maneuver by the President continues a pattern of doublespeak that all Americans should find troubling. All this does is further confuse the situation for our men and women in uniform,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director, in a statement. “Let me be clear – the president is asking the court for the power to continue threatening servicemembers with investigation and discharge, and the right to turn away qualified Americans from military service for no reason other than their sexual orientation. Even if the administration never uses that power, it is still wrong, and the Ninth Circuit was clear that there is no justification for continuing the violation of servicemembers’ constitutional rights. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is an offense to American values that should have been gone long ago. It is shameful that a president who has taken credit for opposing the policy is taking extreme measures to keep it on life support.”

Why would the White House want to keep the stay in place if they were repealing the policy anyway? All they have to do to make DADT go away is nothing.

There are only two explanations that make any sense. The first is that Obama does not really want DADT repealed and will continue to be a fierce advocate for homophobic bigotry.

The second explanation is that Dick is agreeable to ending DADT, but only if he can claim credit for the repeal. If the court ruling stands then the Log Cabin Republicans get the credit.

BTW: Last week I predicted an appeal. That’s because I know Dick.


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10 Responses to DADT not dead yet

  1. DandyTiger says:

    Dick is a fucking asshole.

  2. Mr. Mike says:

    Ask a Kosshole, I’m sure they will lecture you all about the tuff time Obama is having presidenting against a hostile congress so don’t criticize him you ignorant bastards.

    Never mind that he could have pushed Wall Street financial reform, expanded Medicaid and CHIPS, raised taxes to a responsible level, and done something about the debt ceiling when he had majorities in both chambers. But he went to Copenhagen so his cronies could sell their Chicago slums when the Olympics came to town.

  3. votermom says:

    I really like how the Log Cabin Republican Director said this:

    R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director, in a statement. “Let me be clear – the president is asking the court for the power to continue threatening servicemembers with investigation and discharge, and the right to turn away qualified Americans from military service for no reason other than their sexual orientation.

    Nice bit of oratorical jujitsu there.

  4. Lola-at-Large says:

    You did predict it. I saw it.

    On a side note, did you know that women are still technically barred from combat positions, even though they are seeing combat in their roles every day. This was why they were excluded from the draft way back in 1979. Does anyone know if this also means they don’t get paid combat pay?

  5. angienc says:

    Log Cabin Republicans are *clearly* racists.

  6. djmm says:

    The President has never been supportive of gay rights. A lot of AA voters are not in favor of gay rights. And the President may have something in his past that he wants to hide.

    djmm

  7. Erica says:

    0 is a fierce advocate of lying and manipulation. He’s never been for gay rights–he campaigned with McClurkin, for chrissakes. Any one who values gay rights and who votes for him in 2012 is voting based on race, imo.

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