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. Mark

    I am waiting for the one to "come out" in a infantry battalion, there are going to be a lot of NJP's, and a lot of hurt feelings. There will be no one to blame but those forcing this situation on us, your backing us into a corner. 2012 can't get here fast enough, this one termer will finally be gone!!

    October 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JimmyT

    As a veteran I see this in a different context. What you do at home is your business. The problem is that in a barracks someone who is openly gay will create an uneasy environment. I can envision a soldier being badly beaten because he/she stares at the wrong individual in the communal shower.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pompey

    President Andrew Jackson one said.....the judge has made his ruling, now let him enforce it!

    October 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • My lovable history buff!

      Thank you my babey!!!!
      So there is no readon in american govt history to tolerate this evil by a federal judges's abuse of the bench with bogus rulings to further the gay agenda!

      October 13, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. johmgh

    You liberal are right. Don't let the people or their representatives vote on important issues. Let the enlightened left and their judges decide what is good for you and the country. Being arrogant and emotional doesn't make you right.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. edword

    As usual the liberal comments are easy to spot. Just scan for arrogance, sarcasm, presumption and a rather weighty dose of irony and there you have it.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill Petros

    It's time that Americans rise us and overthrow the tyranny of the federal judiciary.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Quisitive

    Don't understand why the gay population is so biggoted toward other philias. What's wrong with bromidophiliacs or croprophiliacs being in the military? There are hundreds of philias. What about pedophilia? Arn't these people too? You guys have no heart. What's a little strangness got to do with it? Be open minded, right??

    October 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dustin Blake

    This is great news however... This order will likely be appealed by the Justice Department and brought to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit where her decision may well be reversed.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. edword

    Let the military decide who they want.

    Squishy warm feewings of fruit-flavored happiness and guilt-free self-satisfaction...it's what for dinner every night in the shiny fairyland world of the Comnon American Liberal.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike V.

    No matter what some leftist judge thinks, she does not have the authority to do this. End of story.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ByteRider


    In light of banning DADT, the military has released a new set of recruitment slogans:

    Gay all you can be!

    In the Army -to- In the Gay Army!

    We're looking for a few good men -to- We're looking for a few good, smooth men.

    Be all you can be -to- Be all you can be (it was gay anyway)

    Aim High -to- Aim High & Thrust Harder

    Be Part of the Action -to- Be Part of the Family

    October 12, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve Adams

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

    Really? You and what army, judge?

    October 12, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jpk

    If a gay individual is captured by Al-Qaeda and interrogated, is the gay individual required to tell Al-Qaeda they're gay? Is it fair to expose US military personnel to AID's? Is it fair to gays and lesbeians to be exposed to bigotry within their unit? Is it fair to expose 18 year olds to a lifestyle that 90% of the public find abhorrent?

    October 12, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JoeMama

    What's all this nonsense about the military 'protecting our freedoms'? Do you see them at the Mexican border 'protecting our freedoms'? Were they defending our freedom in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and even Afghanistan? I would die to protect my country but to protect this bogus empire? NO!!!!

    October 12, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Slim S

    Just what we need is a bunch of turd burglars hanging out in some cramped qtrs. where men will be men. Next thing you know gay boy makes a move on somebody and ends up with a rifle up his crank and a couple of black eyes. You folks who think DODT should be repealed are like a bunch of kids that don't get their way and are gonna whine until you do. After 23 years in uniform I can assure you that it is a bad idea and that the military is not for social experimentation. You wanna be gay and serve then keep it to yourself and drive on. If you can't stop wearing gay pride on your sleeve then find another profession.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
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