Fed Judge Rules Military Gay Ban Unconst

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Thu, 09-09-2010 - 9:52pm

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/09/federal-judge-rules-militarys-gay-ban-unconstitutional/

Federal Judge Rules Military's Gay Ban Unconstitutional

Published September 09, 2010

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- A federal judge in Southern California has declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips on Thursday granted a request for an injunction halting the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military.

Phillips says the policy doesn't help military readiness and instead has a "direct and deleterious effect" on the armed services.

The lawsuit was the biggest legal test of the law in recent years and came amid promises by President Barack Obama that he will work to repeal the policy.

Government lawyers argued Phillips lacked the authority to issue a nationwide injunction and the issue should be decided by Congress.

The injunction was sought by the Log Cabin Republicans, a 19,000-member group that includes current and former military members.

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Thu, 09-09-2010 - 10:20pm

Times...they are a changin'

I've never understood the old Republican stances against gay marriage or DADT, so I am pleased that this Republican group actually stood up and took this to court. Maybe gay marriage and DADT will be one area where both parties can agree that equal rights should be granted. I hope that Congress gets to work addressing this legislatively. Once it is done, it will be one less wedge issue among us.

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Thu, 09-09-2010 - 10:55pm
LOL! I don't know if it has become a conservative cause, but at least they might ease off on the resistance to change. Let's face it, it is pretty silly to be all that concerned what goes on in other people's bedrooms/lives unless it actually diminishes our own wellbeing. Denying marriage and the family stability that generally is associated with marriage, seem to me to be less good for society than granting marriage rights.
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Thu, 09-09-2010 - 10:57pm
Since Congress can't seem to get off their butts to get something done about it, the courts ruling it unconstitutional works for me. :-)
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Fri, 09-10-2010 - 4:31am

About freaking time, if you ask me. It always bothered me that the GOP compromised core conservative values to suck up to the more extremist elements of the Christian Right.

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Edited 9/10/2010 4:32 am ET by rollmops2009
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Fri, 09-10-2010 - 5:22am

The "Christian Right" is not "extremist", in general.



Sonny

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Fri, 09-10-2010 - 6:40am
It sure seems that the folks the Republicans have been pandering to are the extremist fringe.
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Fri, 09-10-2010 - 7:06am

"Extremist fringe"....neither word accurately or rightfully describes the Christian right.



Sonny

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Fri, 09-10-2010 - 7:17am
Don't people that most would classify as being on the extremist fringe self-identify as the Christian right?
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Fri, 09-10-2010 - 8:09am

I would consider myself to be lumped(if you/we are lumping) with the Christian right. I know many, many, many who hold views similar to mine and based upon the same teachings. In my view, the numbers are too large to be considered "fringe", and the views are too widely and too peacefully and quietly held to be considered "extreme". I believe that such mischaracterizations are

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Fri, 09-10-2010 - 8:12am
Okay.

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