Obama Administration files to keep gay military ban in place

Yet another reason why I feel apathetic at best regarding the Obama Administration and wish we Democrats had an alternative.

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/obama-administration-files-gay-military-ban-place/

By Reuters
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 — 12:51 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Obama administration asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to let the Pentagon reinstate its ban on openly gay men and women serving in the military while it appeals a lower-court ruling declaring the policy unconstitutional.

The request for an emergency stay was filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco even as some gay veterans expelled under the so-called “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy have sought to re-enlist in a test of the lower-court ruling.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in Riverside, California, east of Los Angeles, ruled in September that the military’s 17-year-old policy infringes on the constitutional free-speech and due-process rights of gay men and women in uniform.

Continue reading at:   http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/obama-administration-files-gay-military-ban-place/

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Temporarily Upheld By Appeals Court

From The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/20/dont-ask-dont-tell-tempor_n_770737.html

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Wednesday temporarily granted the U.S. government’s request for a freeze on a judge’s order requiring the military to allow openly gay troops.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals instructed lawyers for the gay rights group that brought the lawsuit successfully challenging the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to file arguments in response by Monday.

The judges would then decide whether to extend the temporary stay while it considers the government’s appeal of U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ ruling that the policy was unconstitutional.

It was unclear what effect the temporary freeze would have on the Pentagon, which has already informed recruiters to accept openly gay recruits and has suspended discharge proceedings for gay service members.

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/20/dont-ask-dont-tell-tempor_n_770737.html

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