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. MACDONALDBANK

    This bogus religious filth should be banned. It exists as a tax exempt structure which discriminates against human rights. The pope, bishops and mormons are cult members promoting discrimination against minorities. That bogus black book called the bible should be banned. Religion and the churches should now be exposed as a bigoted structure that gets away with hate mongering. Love between two guys or girls existed long before these cults existed. By enjoying their tax exempt status and benefits from the state it also puts them at the mercy of state; to be forced to adhere to the human rights laws. Religion is thriving like a cancerous growth on society that should be stopped in its tracks; outlawed & banned.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jerry

    I spent 20 years in the U.S. military. This decision is an absolute disgrace. I wish the government and society would quit giving special treatment to this group. This will become a morale issue for our armed services.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Is this "special treatment" you speak of the fact they gays are treated as lesser than their straight counterparts?? People like you make me nauseous.

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

      "Special" treatment? Are you kidding me? So what you're saying is that you received special treatment for being able to serve, as you wanted, for those 20 years? Or that, if you're married, you received special treatment? All those tax breaks and benefits you receive for being married...those are special treatment? Being able to see an ill or dying spouse in the hospital...that's special treatment? Of course not. They're equal treatments that people like you would have a fit over losing. Equal....not "special."

      October 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Natty

    The GAY army will surely instill fear in our enemy. Maybe we can paint the tanks pink....

    October 12, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jess Chase

    Gay's Gay and more Gay's..... OMG they are all around us... what do we do now pray to God to help us......

    Oh...... what God ....did make they Gay... This must be God mistake... Oh God don't make mistake it all a plan....

    Oh...... what this is God's plan.........God has a gay plan..... OMG this must mean GOD IS GAY..........

    October 12, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MACDONALDBANK

    My father fought at the front on D-Day in Normandy … through the Battle of the Scheldt to Germany and grandfather was a Sgt. Major at Vimy. My Dad who was a catholic - is alive today at 87 and doesn’t believe in santa claus - the easter bunny or any of that bogus cross related filth.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • twilliam

      Chill brother, I am catholic and believe in the church. I won't harm you in any way, leave me alone and please do not compare my faith to santa or the Easter Bunny and I will never demean you. I won't call you and your beliefs or scientific facts filth. We've raised good kids that have morals and won't be on the government dole. Recently adopted a young baby that needed help. I am a good American citizen and would appreciate that you start attacking the bad guys, and not condemn Christians as an enemy. If a Christian offends you, then go after him if thats what makes your life better, but don't demean the whole group. Most of us could care less about you and your beliefs, so do us a favor and start to care less about us and focus on your own personal struggles. Life is too short to hate.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gilbert

    Those of you that think (PARROT AND TONY) that the military or department of defense is not subject to Federal Court Jurisdiction and/or review are incorrect. It would be illogical to think otherwise. If there was a jurisdiction issue it would have been the first argument the department of justice would have brought up.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tim

    Call the WH and tell them to honor this decision 1-202-456-1111

    October 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George

    God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Boot this judge out!

    October 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      This judge has more intelligence in her left pinky finger than you could ever hope to have.

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

      All joking and religious ideology aside, the reason people are gay is that they have a genetic mutation which makes them attracted to the same gender. The human genome project has already found out which defective gene they have that causes the gay disorder.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      So it's not a choice.. interesting. Someone should tell the Mormon apostles about this.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoggers

      Joe, the attraction toward the same gender is caused by a genetic defect. The part that is a choice is to engage in this abnormal and disgusting behavior. Just because you have the impulse to become a serial killer doesn't mean that you have to act upon it. The behavior is caused by a psychological disorder which causes gays to be able to justify their sick behavior.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. brooksjk

    How ironic that a suit brought against the military by the gay wing of the Republican Party, the Log Cabin Republicans, to stop Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, may be another nail in the Democrats chances of maintaining control of Congress by providing another issue for Republicans who oppose gays in the military to use against Democrats who support allowing gays to openly serve.

    The Immaculate Conservative

    Check out my blog for proof that Satan has thrown in the towel and how Glee is ruining America!

    http://joebrooks.webs.com/

    October 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John H.

    One day the rest of the US will breath easy when CA slides off into the Pacific.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LogicPrevails

    I just feel sorry for those who are disqualified from serving due to having taken ADHD or asthma medication. The same goes for the bed wetters, amputees, deaf, dumb and other American citizens who are not allowed to serve. I mean, C'MON MAN...shouldn't everyone be allowed to be in the military? Oh wait...maybe that's a dumb argument after all.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Still waiting for your logic to prevail......

      October 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Suprise Judge Phillips is from.........

    United States District Court for the Central District of California

    October 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 03** boom

    Will civilians please stay away from military decisions. For God's sake its a completely different culture than the rest of the civilian world and needs to be. I'm sorry but unless your a greenich village queen you can certainly hide the fact your gay if serving in the military is more important to you. As long as the Infantry stays straight thats all that really matters. after all there the small percentage thats actually fighting face to face in these wars on a daily basis is the infantry

    October 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BORIQA

    If she serves in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, then gays can certainly serve in the California National Guard.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Active Duty

    Have any of you people that support this ban on "don't ask, don't tell" stopped to think that it may not just be keeping soldiers from expressing their 5th Ammendment rights, but it also may be for their protection? Do you really think that an openly gay male will not be subjected to verbal as well as physical abuse in any all male unit- such as an infantry unit? Are you ready to have hundreds, if not thousands, of soldiers – male or female- beaten or harrassed just becaseu they are who they are? I don't think any of us in the military are dumb enough not to know we are serving beside gay and lesbian soldiers. From personal experience I know that openly gay soldiers are not treated unfairly by their chain of command but by their peers. Forcing this issue will only cause more problems for the military, these soldiers in particular.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grafixer

      Sure. And there was a time (and probably STILL IS) when white soldiers would harass black soldiers. There was a time when they weren't allowed to serve in the same unit. So what? It is time for this prejudice to stop.

      October 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • BR

      If the military is so undiciplined as to fall into what would essentially be anarchy, as you describe it, then what exactly are they getting paid for? Forcing integration caused some initial unrest but good soldiers understood that it was irrelevant. Bigots will always exist and unfortuantly, there will likely be some incidents of violence by those same bigots. That doesn't mean that 86-ing DADT is the wrong thing thing to do. Violating someone's civil rights is no way to protect them.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      How does one express a 5th Amendment right? Also, since fewer than 20% of active duty service persons responded back to the DADT survey distributed by DoD is it clear that a majority (regardless of which poll you cite) care little about the ban or want it over tunred.

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