Judge Orders Military to Stop Enforcing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the U.S. military to stop enforcing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, putting an end to the ban on openly gay troops.  U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ permanent worldwide injunction, praised by gay rights organizations, orders 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” policy. President Barack Obama is pushing for a repeal of the controversial policy. A bill currently before Congress would overturn the measure after a Pentagon review is completed in December.  In her ruling Tuesday, the judge stated the policy infringes on the rights of military personnel. “Furthermore, there is no adequate remedy at law to prevent the continued violation of service members’ rights or to compensate them for violation of their rights,” the judge wrote.  Read More

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has been the only law in this country that authorizes the firing of an American for revealing an identity of being gay, lesbian, or bisexual.  Our nation’s lawmakers are looking to change this since the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) currently does not enforce the protections that prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation.  As of yet, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.  Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information.

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