Gay GOP Group Asks Court for Injunction on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

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September 17, 2010
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A week after Virginia Phillips. a federal judge in Riverside, issued a ruling that the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is unconstitutional, the Log Cabin Republicans, the group which brought the lawsuit, asked Judge Phillips to issue an injunction to halt immediately the policy from being used to discharge openly gay military personnel.

The Obama administration has a September 23 deadline to respond to the proposed injunction.

On September 9, Judge Phillips ruled that the 17-year-old policy violates the due process and free speech rights of lesbian and gay military members.

She found that "don't ask, don't tell" has hurt the military by contributing to critical troop shortages and the discharge of service members with vital skills and knowledge like fluency in Arabic, medicine and counterterrorism.

She also found no convincing evidence that men and women known to be gay have undermined unit cohesion.

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