DADT is BACK IN EFFECT…AGAIN!
This is getting SO RIDICULOUS!
It’s as bad as the Prop 8 nightmare.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked a judge’s halt to the military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian service members.
The decision comes just one day after Army recruiters prepared to process out LGBT applicants.
The court advised the group that filed the intital lawsuit, the Log Cabin Republicans, to file response arguments by Monday. The group says the ruling is disappointing but a minor setback.
Cynthia Smith, a spokesperson for the Pentagon told reporters the stay is “appropriate.” Though it’s still unclear whether or not openly gay and lesbian recruits will be turned away.
Lieutenant Dan Choi was one of the service members who attempted to re-enlist. Choi, a West Point-educated Iraq War vet, was discharged for violating the military’s anti-homosexuality policy.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ attempt to carefully ease the military beyond “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is collapsing in a shambles, as a verdict on the constitutionality of the ban on military gays seesaws uncertainly through the federal courts. A previous attempt in Congress to repeal the law ended, in effect, in a hung jury. Meantime the military, which prides itself on strict rules and tight discipline, is awash in confusion .
As things stand, the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military is still in place. Sort of. At least until Monday. Or maybe Thursday afternoon, when the Pentagon may issue new guidelines. WHAT A MESS!