“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Bound to Court

A “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” legal challenge is bound to court. The US District Judge presiding over the matter issued a written order July 6 denying the government’s motion to have the case dismissed. The case is now set to go to trial on Tuesday, July 13, in a federal district courthouse in Riverside, CA.

If successful, this lawsuit, brought by the Log Cabin Republicans, could bring a speedy and definitive end to the DADT policy, with such repeal becoming effective immediately, in contrast to the incremental approach Congress is debating.

“All in all, the judge’s order is a huge victory for Log Cabin Republicans in its efforts to defeat Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” observed Dan Woods, a partner in White & Case who is representing the Log Cabin Republicans.

“In one fell swoop, the court adopted a legal standard favorable to our case, denied the government’s request for a stay and placed a tremendous burden on the government to defend its convoluted position. One by one, the judge rejected the government’s arguments throughout her opinion.”


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