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. Rob

    To all of you who disagree with this ruling because you believe god did not create gays...How is your bigoted opinion relevant? God did not create the US military, this country, the court system, or your prejudice.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sean Sene

    You've been tricked hello
    DADT ALLOWED gays in the military, now they can not be.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Judicial tyranny

    In what branch of service did gay activist judge Virginia Phillips sever

    October 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stryker

    I still don't understand why someone who is gay, would choose to serve in a military that treats them as outcasts. A military that treats them as citizens who don't have equal rights. There is no draft. Gays, why would would you choose to allow yourself to be treated that way. There should be no policy in the military that treats a gay person differently than a straight person. Those that think there should be a policy like that are certainly on the wrong side of history. I have seen posts here detailing how they wouldn't want to be a hot tent with gays. Are you crazy? I wouldn't want to be in a tent with the guy who authored that post.

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

      Stryker- Why have you ever done anything in your life that was difficult? Was it because you thought the pain was worth the prize in the end? That's how we view our military service. We dont do it for ourselves. We do it to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, and I for one believe the pain is worth the prize. I agree with your comments that there should be no policy that allows differing treatment of gays, but our black brothers and sisters in arms can testify to the same desires to be part of something bigger than themselves, I can assure you. This is not about showers, tents, and foxholes. It's about chosing to do a job and do it to the point of ultimate sacrifice in defending freedom if necessary.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Keri

    It's nice that this announcement coincides with National Coming Out Day. It's a great step forward for our country, and anyone who cares about equal rights.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoggers

      I'm all for equal rights. We should protect the rights of gays in the same way we protect the rights of people with down syndrome and other genetic disorders.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 91 Alpha

    I'm gay and I HAVE served with a platoon of 40 men sleeping in a 20×20 room in 120 degree weather during The Gulf War. I was a combat medic assigned to a support battalion. I was a good medic and a d*mn good soldier. No one had a problem with my orientation (Yes, I mostly worked with physicians, engineers, etc. Educated professionals serving in the military...almost 50/50 Women & Men.) Regardless, we were like brothers and sisters to each other. We accepted each other and worked together unconditionally. There are alot of ignorant rednecks out there fronting who have no idea what military life is really like.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grafixer

      Thank you for your service! (and your comment.)

      October 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grafixer

      91Alpha... There was a guy here a bit ago that stated he would let a guy die – rather than try to save him – if he knew that he was gay. TELL US. HOW MANY STRAIGHT GUYS DID YOU SAVE as a medic? And, did you care if they were straight or gay? (I know the answer... Just want to make a point.)

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

      91-Golf and you are absolutely right....we all knew who was who and it was no big deal...

      October 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GianCarlo

    lets stop cuddling the generals. If those holier than thou soldiers that have a problem fighting along a gay guy, drop out. To those soldiers that are afraid showering next to a gay guy; buddy you don't belong in the military, cause if that scares you, what you going to do if you are captured by the enemy? Cry for you mommy? you Wimp!

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


      October 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike, Dallas

    This comment is for the Grace post at 3:40 Do you or anybody else think for one single minute that straight guys and gals don't see others in the showers? Do you think when men and women go in the showers they go biind until the showering is done. I think it's natural for other guys to cop a peek and see if the other guy has as much junk as he does. same for the ladies. And anybody that denies this is simply lying to themselves.

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

      Men commit sodomy with their wives too. Sometimes, it is against their wives' desires. Do you think THIS might be why some men have such an issue with gays? When I meet someone, I don't automatically think about who they sleep with or what they do in bed. What is the matter with some of the straight men in this country? They are truly obsessed with thinking about what other men do in bed? That makes them kinda sick, don't you think?

      October 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HarlanR

    Yeah. Sure. This will REALLY change the military.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JOHN


    Will U2 be on the front lines so you can laugh when they 'put gays on the front line'?
    Will you be serving alongside of them?
    Or will you be to busy taking another hit on the bong while u load your next gameboy?

    October 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hank

    I like corn on the cob

    October 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. clarify

    What does our enemy think of gays?

    October 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grafixer

      IT doesn't matter. Right now, we are fighting people that live in a world that is socially undeveloped. What they think would be... probably... way behind normal social standards. Europe is disgusted with the American narrow-mindedness on the gay issue. They are also shocked that we hold such prejudice against blacks (yes, still), and thatthere is a growing prejudice against Latinos and Muslims and Jews. They understand that the ignorant segment of the American populous is being controlled by extremists – through religion and politics. They are surprised that the segment is so large.

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

    This ruling is the biggest mistake that could ever have been made.........

    October 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. smokehouse

    The loons on the radical left are out in force. See you in November, morons.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Markmack

    Hmm everyone only sees one side of this issue.
    Everyone sees Gays as not the same as them, both for and against.
    some straight people on extreme side based off their point view something evil. The other side as a victim who does no wrong and think they should be treated the same as everyone else. Of course both see gays different from themselves, which can cause problems when that view applied is to a group of persons. Since gays are just as human as anyone else, where they can do the same things both good and bad.
    The good where a closed off Gay person joins the military serves their country with honor
    The bad where a closed off gay person joins the military serves their country and gives in temptation and takes advantage of a passed out room mate.
    Oh wait you say, that doesn't happen!
    Wrong... it does happen alot for both the good and bad.
    Don't forget they are human and have the same urges as you and I.
    You say there is no reports of it, no trials. Well the military is a very closed off group, alot of things happen and never get reported.
    What happens if this person is caught, the group, the unit will basically beat the person within a inch of thier lives. That also won't be reported.
    Now you say that we can separate them give them private rooms with showers and such. Well that will bring up even more resentment, which will lead to conflict and make the gay person a big target.
    In the military, for those that have never served, privacy is not something you have alot of. In the billets there is none with 4-8 people in one room, in the field there is none at all with everyone crammed into a small place like a fox hole or tent.
    A small conflict of any kind can and has broken units to the point of failure.
    The militant gay groups need to think about this, getting rid of this will not make things better.
    Because what about the other guy's right not to be lusted after when he doesn't want that sort of attention?
    It's just like the Militant gay groups need to take the blame for some of the bully attacks of gays of late. They keep telling people you have to come out, you have to tell the world. Sometimes that is fine and sometimes that makes a new victim.

    So before we all decide to charging in, think about both the good and bad that comes with it.

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

      "Because what about the other guy's right not to be lusted after when he doesn't want that sort of attention?" Give me a break. People in the military should be grown up enough to deal with it. Women in this country put up with it their entire lives. I say... Grow up.

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

      Thank you for providing some much needed intelligent thinking on this subject. Sometimes it seems that no one is able to see both sides of an argument because they are so blinded by their own "righteous rage." Thank you for your voice of sanity.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
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