Federal Judge Virginia Phillips issued a groundbreaking ruling on Tuesday, in the case against the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law brought by Log Cabin Republicans and Servicemembers United. According to CNN:
Judge Virginia Phillips ordered the military “immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.”
Last month, Judge Phillips ruled that the law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly was unconstitutional, but she had delayed issuing an injunction until now. Log Cabin Deputy Executive Director Christian Berle said:
“These soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guardsmen sacrifice so much in defense of our nation and our Constitution. It is imperative that their constitutional freedoms be protected as well. This decision is also a victory for all who support a strong national defense.”
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Servicemembers United President Alex Nicholson said in a statement:
“This order from Judge Phillips is another historic and courageous step in the right direction, a step that Congress has been noticeably slow in taking. While this is certainly news to be celebrated, we would also advise caution in advance of a potential stay (from the federal appeals court).”
The federal govermnemt has 60 days to file an appeal.