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. Beth

    Well, there goes an excuse that people use to get OUT of the military!! Somebody joins the military, gets the benefits, has to be deployed, they get scared and shout "Oops, I'm gay!" I can't tell you how many people I know who have suddenly discovered they were gay.....just to get out of their military obligations.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. J

    Here it is. The DADT is a loop hole around the UCMJ. Any and All military personal are subject to it. The one that most Gay are kicked out under is Article 125, Article 134, and if an officer Article 133. The President still has to make a Executive order to enact a law for the Military.
    Let’s look at the fact of women in a platoon. Most guys will do anything for her, if guy mistreats her, he is shunned and causes disorder. Same prince able applies with two guys. The Military is also an extension of being an ambassador. If these members were in Saudi Arabia the penalty is Death. The Government would not be able to protect them on leave or liberty. These persons would not be allowed to serve in citron theaters and would be come in effective. This also would not sit well with those that have to fill in for this person and their families. Look at the whole picture. This is not about servicng or not.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Carlo

    I don't agree with the "gay agenda." It's abnormal and perverse *acquired* behavior - even gays know it in their hearts; that's why they're always looking for validation and acceptance from non-gays and always shoving their lifestyle in everyone's face. The constant crying out for others' attention and approval stems from a brand of self-loathing and/or lack of self-acceptance and self-respect, whether latent or otherwise.

    This is not going to be popular with ... oh, I would say 99.99% the military; and well it shouldn't.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      You're a joke – at best. Now come on out of the closet and join the rest of us.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. m1sterlurk

    To all gays in the military: Don't come out just yet. Obama wants to do this through Congress, not through the Judicial system, because it disarms the "Activist Judge" cry that fundies always make when they don't get their way.

    It'll probably be appealed and stayed, so any pre-mature comings out may still come back to bite you.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chicago Libertarian

    Absolutely disgusting. Not that DADT should remain intact, but that we have activist judges legislating from the bench!

    October 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. David

    I certainly understand the reasoning behind the judges decision, but unless you have served time in the military, you don't have any idea what she just did. I would suggest that all people in favor of this go to your nearest military hang out, sit down and have a beer with the guys and tell them how you support this measure. P.S. good luck!

    October 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chef

    Time for Operation Human Shield

    October 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cal

    As a black American, I am sick of hearing gays try to hitch a ride on the civil rights train. Our fight for equality has absolutely NOTHING to do with gay rights. Please stop using our people to support your cause. Dr. King's dream did not include deviant behavior.

    If you have a struggle, make it your own, but please leave race out of it.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Left Coast

    Great news! A federal judge has just done what the House and Senate doesn't have the guts to do. Stand up and do what is right! DADT should never have been passed, and the court has just said what we all knew, DADT violates the rights of Americans to serve. Now it is time for the Justice Department to do nothing. Just let the clock run out and that'll be the end of it. The right will scream about an "activist judge," but sorry, that's the way our system of law works. Besides, just think of those campaign dollars the right can generate. What would they do without generating hate of something or somebody?

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

    hurrah, now if could only get all the illegal aliens on the front lines in Afghanistan as well, what a fighting force that would be.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John E

    This could get ugly. Perverts openly admitting they are perverts.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom Conservative

    I don't really have a position on whether DADT is lawful or right or moral or whatever. I do take exception at an activist judge making law in this country. This is the job of Congress. If the law is no good then it should be the Congress that repeals it, not some judge.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Melissa

    Its about time.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AC

    I want gays to server in the military, but I don't want to be forced to shower with them. That would be like forcing women to shower with men.

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

      I totally agree. I wonder why no one ever mentions this incongruity.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoggers

      This is exactly the problem. Now we are going to have to have the "gay" shower area and the straight shower area for each gender. Lets face it, the main reason that gays want to serve in the military is because they want to look at other soldiers privates.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    If ur gonna let gay men shower and sleep with straight men then why not let women shower and bunk with men. There is no difference.

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

      Right on!

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