US District Court Overturns “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

In a suit the organization brought in 2004, Log Cabin Republicans are celebrating the decision (Sept. 9, 2010) by a US District Court judge to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as an unconstitutional violation of a service members’ rights to free speech and due process.

“As an American, a veteran and an Army reserve officer, I am proud the court ruled that the arcane Don’t Ask Don’t Tell statute violates the Constitution,” said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper. “Today, the ruling is not just a win for Log Cabin Republican service members, but all American service members.”

“We are delighted with the court’s ruling in favor of Log Cabin Republicans in this important case. The court’s opinion finds that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is unconstitutional, and the court will issue a permanent injunction preventing the government from further enforcement of this unconstitutional statute,” said Dan Woods, lead attorney for the case and partner at White & Case. “This is a major victory in the fight for equality and means that military service will be available to all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Log Cabin Republicans brought this suit in October 2004. The case went to trial in July 2010 before the United States District Court of the Central District of California and was decided by Judge Virginia A. Phillips.

Judge Phillips ruling can be found here: http://online.logcabin.org/dadt-9-9-2010-decision.pdf

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