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. VH

    Just becuase something makes You uncomfortable, should not be a valid reason to disenfranchise a group of people putting their lives on the line, for a country that frankly, is beginning to make me sick! ...and is no bastion of freedom.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • James

      Why does your right to make me feel uncomfortable supercede my right to not be made to feel uncomfortable?

      October 12, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michael

    To all of you who are unable to comprehend how a judge ordered the military to do something because you think the military is independent of all laws or something, wake up! The military is controlled by the Department of Defense, a *federal executive department*! The US military is ultimately controlled by civilians, plain and simple. Not to mention the fact that the Commander-in-Chief himself has expressed his eagerness to get rid of DADT.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Terry

    I'll accept gays in my military when I see one have a baby out the same place they like to stick it.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael

      Oh really? Tell that to the many men and women of the army that are barren/infertile and cannot have children!

      October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • VH

      @Terry Aha, you just found your own logic. Those tending to babies can't be on the front lines now can they, you idiot!

      October 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • talis4

      terry, take your hands out of your pants and stop fantasizing.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Talis.. precisely why gays serving openly in the military will not work.. They only have one thing on their mind and they will only cause disruption and a breakdown of comradeship.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • sssimon

      The same place Republicans come from???

      October 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • BR

      Riiiiiiight. Because the ability to have a baby is a necessary skill to fight. Of course, every straight male serving in the military can do exactly what you described, can't they?

      October 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • LtCol Donna K Buechler retired

      Sounds like you want an all female military since no men can have babies. and what does having babies have to do with military service anyway?

      October 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    Whoever thinks that this doesn't count because the judge is not a military judge has a terribly flawed understanding of functions and powers of the U.S. government. The military is not autonomous.

    For those of you who expressing concerns about disrupting the culture of the military in a negative fashion, your fears are completely unfounded. The majority of the militaries of the developed nations of the world allow gay people to serve openly and it works just fine.

    To the rest of you who oppose this ruling, quit it with your pre-civil rights era bigotry.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. jdoggers

    If gays want to serve our country and go get killed in Iraq, I'm all for it. Just because they have a genetic disorder shouldn't prevent them dying for our country.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe

      You are a profound individual.. fry station manager at Mickey D's???

      October 12, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoggers

      joe...nice try. I have three degrees and make much more money per year than you do. I love how stupid people try to pigeonhole anyone who disagrees with them, and it turns out to be completely wrong.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. juggalo

    really now.....ain't this something..its only a matter of time until there are problems...like soliders against gay soliders..it will happen..you gays act like a straight guy wont mind that a gay guy is takin a shower right next to him..its only a matter of time until a gay is found tormented by straight soliders...and i hope it does happen

    October 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael

      You should be ashamed of yourself to wish that upon any human being, whether you agree with their lifestyle or not.

      Idiot, look at other civilized countries who already allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in their military! They're getting along JUST FINE. Not to mention that millions of soldiers in the US armed forces already know that they are serving with gays and lesbians, and the majority of them have NO problem with it. You backwards fool, just because you have a penis doesn't mean that gay men want to stare at you in the showers–don't flatter yourself.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margot707

      The US is the only member of NATO which does not allow its gay and lesbian service members to serve openly. Seems to me there should be a bigot test before allowing anyone to serve.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Katie

    DADT is in place for the same reason that women don't serve on the front line. There can't be romantic relationships while lives are at stake. Two people who are romantically involved can't be impartial when it comes to life and death situations. Next thing you know, openly gay members of the military won't be allowed to serve on the front line.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Killer

    "USMC Combat Veteran

    "Yes there are several gays in the military. But I don't want to know about them. I don't want to hear/see their abnormal behavior. "

    Welcome to the real world where the rest of us live. Suck it up soldier.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • VH

      @Killer
      You're name says it ALL! Why we still need a military, and why you think the way you do-EVOLVE CAVEMAN!

      October 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JOHN

    Keep in mind members of the
    armed services have absolutely
    positively no say as to who
    serves with them. Period.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. dwayne

    What A Great Day.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Chris Greer

    Jews, not gays, undermine traditional American life, and they deracinate society. They takes the life of a people rooted in soil and turns it into a cosmopolitan culture, based on books and numbers and ideas. It's why there are no middle-class, blue collar jobs left in this country. He can't hammer a nail or plough a field. All he can do is buy and sell and invest capital, manipulate markets. Just take a look at the Jew investment banking machine on Wall Street, it destroyed the American economy.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dallas

      wait... really?

      October 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe

    Gay men and women have the same rights as any one else. Gay men can marry any women and gay women can marry any men. Straight people also have to marry the opposites. Being gay is not the same as being black or femaile. I would not want to share a restroom with a gay man or gay woman,nor would most women want a gay man or woman to share a restroom with them. They are an abnormal part of our society.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • VH

      The population of the Earth is over 6.5 billon. How many more do you think there would be if they were all straight? Ah, maybe evolution knows SOMETHING YOU DONT!

      October 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • BR

      Sorry Joe...statistically, you have shared a restroom with gay men many times and didn't even know it. You've spoken to them and had public exchanges with them. That's really the point here.

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

      Yes, we should protect gays rights in the same way we protect people with down syndrome and other genetic disorders.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      jdoggers works the fry station at mickey d's.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sara

    DADT should be left to the Men and Women of the military. I feel it is a very silly law, but that's me.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Mark

    Department of Justice??? What justice? Now that is ironic.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. JKH5199

    I don't have a problem with gays serving openly. My problem is that the judges in this country are now making laws from the bench. Activist judges have no place serving on the bench.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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