October 12th, 2010
03:16 PM ET

Judge orders military to stop enforcing don't ask, don't tell

A federal judge ordered that the U.S. military stop enforcing the don't ask, don't tell policy on Tuesday.

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"."

The judge had previously ruled that the policy regarding gays serving in the military violated service members Fifth Amendment rights but delayed issuing the injunction.

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  1. rbblum

    The way the article is written, it is as though a US Federal judge has the ability to act in the capacity of the legislative branch.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. hopefulromntic

    A real victory. DATC is done, now onto gay marriage equality. After many decades of discrimination, the last of legal discrimination is about to end. :)

    October 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Andy

    Sued by a group called "Log Cabin" It must be a gay thing with a hidden meaning...

    October 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Grafixer

      No idea. However, I do know that LOG CABIN is a Republican Gay group. They are not liberals.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. juggalo

    I'm actually planning on joining the military NONAME..so don't go assuming..I will fight for my country and if any gay f@g wanna run up and start doing gay stuff to me then they better get ready for a fistfull

    October 12, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Grafixer

      Don't worry. Gay men are generally more attracted to intelligent men – not neanderthals.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. danbeaches

    Come on all...Gays have been in the military since it's inception...this decision was only a matter of time

    October 12, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Tired of gays and gay agenda

    Gays should stay in the closet, the one that locks from the outside

    October 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • danbeaches

      Ever pleasure yourself? What gender did you do that with?

      October 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    Gays already serve with pride and distinction in the military; just no one wants to see the lifestyle displayed publicly because its considered disgusting and immoral to most people. Majority rules! Proud to serve with you but keep your wierd and deviant behavior to yourself.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. H Tattrie

    Absolutely terrific.
    After all, what good is that Medal if you can't publicly broadcast and let everybody know that you get fecal matter stuck in your teeth now and again.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. WisPatriot

    Who do these judges think hey are? They're sworn to uphold he law, not make or change the law.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Me

    Another Liberal judge in the cesspool known as the American justice system....fine...don't ask...don't tell...just issue them pink berets, send them to the front lines...the war will take car of the rest.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. DeeJay

    All you people saying allowing gay people to serve openly would destroy the military? Guess what, it's been legal for people to do so in the UK since 2000. The same fears were brought up time and time again in regards to that. How many of them actually came to fruition? None, that's how many. The only news was that there was no news. The British military is just as competent, just as devoted to serving their country and just as ready to lay down their lives for one another as they ever were. If I fell and someone came to pick me up, I wouldn't care if they were gay or straight, black or white, Christian or some other religion. On the battlefield, that stuff doesn't matter. What matters is that you stick with each other and get the job done. A soldier in the field is thinking "Is my squad mate watching my back?" and not "Is my squad mate checking out my ass?" Any soldier who is thinking that clearly doesn't have their head in the game and shouldn't be on the battlefield.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. JoeMama

    Gays can stop a bullet as well as anyone else

    October 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Proud Aryan

    Great, now Bar'aq al HUSSEIN Obummer is allowing gays into the military even though it's goes against his MUSLIM SHARIA LAW beliefs. I'm so sick and tired of this MUSLIM pResident not taking any action and ruining our reputation by cowtowing to these TERRORISTS in PAKISTAN. I just wish they would IMPEACH him over not taking care of this oil spill because he is in bed with BP. Maybe if we talk to our congressmen they will find a way to show his real BIRTH CERTIFICATE from indonesia. We need to have this tea party movement grow so that we can go back to the principles of our founding fathers. Allow slavery and segregation in certain states so that we can keep the minorities in line so they don't cause too much trouble because it worked in the past. TEA PARTY '12!

    October 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike, Dallas

      You have got to be kidding, right.? While I agree about Obama. He's not a bad president because he's black. He's a bad president because he is. Look Bush was not too good and he was white! I notice you are so proud to be white you can't even give your name, you display your Aryan crud, but not your name! There's no place in our society for folkls like you. Look what happend to Saddam Hussein, look what happened to Hitler. Typical, a white hood because you don't want anybody to see who you are because you are scared. Sort of like a terrorist, hide behind a mask. You are so full of yourself. Proud Aryan, WHATEVER!

      October 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      You are literally insane probably caused by reversed values taught over many years and inbreeding, mostly inbreeding though its just stupid the things you are saying it is people like you that make this country look like a bunch of stupid racist fat low lives

      October 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. juggalo

    i will serve on the front line..when I'm at the right age I WILL.i promise you that and i PROMISE you that if any gay looks at at me i swear to God they will suffer. I really don't like this, overtime this probably will eventually change my mind on not to join the front lines, even tho i really want to but i dont know now..I'll have to think abou it

    October 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ryan

      Doesn't sound like you would pass the psyche evaluation bro, good luck killing small animals though

      October 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Happy Gay

    Let the circle jerks to begin!

    October 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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