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. Michael

    I really Like this ID :"Superiors may view said person as more expendable and assign that person to more hazardous duites

    October 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MM

    Next they'll want to get a law passed for cross dressing. There is no end in sight to what the devil has up his sleeves.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Keep you assanine rhetoric to yourself you bigoted jerk.

      October 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • iowaguy

      Nice argument. Textbook slippery slope fallacy. You may have to look that one up.

      October 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • No jumping ahead too fast...

      Next step is gender-less bathrooms than transgender imposition in the work environment...I mean duty station.

      October 13, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chuck

    As of now there have been over 13,000 members of the military dismissed because of DADT. There are an estimated 75-100,000 still active troops who are gay and those are very conservative estimates. During WWII their were hundreds of thousands of gay troops who fought for this countries and the worlds freedoms, and we are still denying gay troops and gay people in this country the same rights as other Americans. Something is wrong here folks and it all stems from religions that should have absolutely nothing to do with rights of any Americans. It is time to get religion out of laws, schools, pledges, buildings, and money. How obscene to have "god" on American money. Sort of hyprocrisy if you ask me. Religion in this country has become not only the most divisive force today, but also one of the most evil, bullying forces that many Americans have to fight with every day. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!

    October 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shwat did you say?

      Chuck – you are absolutely right. Can you imagine if all the gays and lesbians in the military, were not? There are thousands and the idiots talking about what would happen in close quarters or a fox hole are just ignorant.

      October 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • machined1

      I could not agree more. Religion has always been the root of all war. It also breeds hate. I think for myself and my religion is for me. I am not a drone. The U.S. needs to wake up.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • red1959

      Then maybe you would also like to explain why it is that our country has gone down the drain ever since this country started banning prayer in schools, ballgames, etc. and took the Bible out of our classrooms. Not to mention the fact that this country is legalizing every abomination that is found in the Bible, and the good ole' US of A is going down the toilet. Oh, excuse me, that must have been just COINCIDENCE!

      October 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • machined1

      At red, your religion convinces you to hate me and you don't even know me.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Actually, freedoms are God given and religion has served to protect God given rights. Sodomy is not a right and as such deserves no protection in the U.S. military.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      So John, if your logic is correct, blacks were suddenly bestowed the God-given right of equality in this country by the lord almighty after years of slavery because he just decided it was time? Or was it the courts that decided for him? Please enlighten the rest of us as to your flawless argument.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • DADT your mom

      I am a Religious, Right Wing Conservative, Bigot. Just wanted to get that out there first. Being black isn't a choice. Being gay is, that is why I can say slavery was wrong. Being gay is not only a biblical wrong (Rom 1) but also a moral wrong. Seriously who sticks their $$$$ in another mans @@@@.

      October 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |

    United States is supposedly fighting for democracy but within the U.S. they treat gays like secondary citizens. Being black or being gay is just as natural. If blacks or women’s rights were cast to the masses to decide … then the majority or lunatic fringe in this case - has the advantage to decide minority rights.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    So does this mean that I get to room with a female then? If not then that is discrimination. Are they going to make a separate dorm for the gays. I for one will refuse to have one as a room mate.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • iowaguy

      why? Because you're afraid they will do something besides sleep? Get a clue. If you are ordered to do something, you'll do it.

      October 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • talis4

      Come on bob, I'm sure that you can control your urges.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • machined1

      Do they have rooms for idiots? Or racists? Bigots? Or for grown ass men who are afraid of the world? Which do you want sir?

      October 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Inyourimage

    And this is how we fell. This will go over well

    October 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |

    The Right Honourable Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien told the Vatican that there was to be no cross erected over the Canadian Parliament buildings figuratively speaking; when the Pope demanded the Prime Minister go against gay rights. An Alberta bishop had the audacity to say that The Canadian Prime Minister would go to hell for going against the church. Such outrageous evil threats. The Right Honourable Prime Minister in return; basically told the Pope to go to Hell! The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Canadian Minister of Justice, stood for equal rights for the gay community. With reference to protecting the children: The Honourable Hedy Fry, member of the Canadian Liberal Parliament, who happens to be a doctor who delivered many babies; spoke eloquently to defend the rights of babies being born and stated that she was in fact defending their rights by speaking on behalf of equal rights for the children and youth of the future - defending their integrity and dignity. Minority rights should be decided by a dignified judicial system and/or a compassionate government.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MM

    Let them out of the closet and send them to the front lines. Fine with me!

    October 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • cmxsmitty

      I served – I'm gay. You're welcome. And I could easily kick your butt.

      October 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      They are already on the front lines you moron. I was there and served my time and with honor. I am still working with veterans to assure that they are taken care of after they return home. What do you do for a living? I'm sure it's very profound.

      October 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • iowaguy

      Let's send the people with IQ's lower than 50 to the front line. You're next.

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

      We're already there, you moron.

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

      cmxsmitty. THANK YOU for your service. I am sorry that you now have to fight for your own freedoms here in your country – fight against some of the same people you protected and fought for. Just know, many of us will fight with you here. Thanks again.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Inyourimage

      I served. They were there when I served. It was obvious, but still nobody could say anything directly. Whose rights are we protecting?

      October 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. matt

    maybe we should also have to hide if we are jewish, or christian, or black, or white. what if we just didnt talk the whole time we were in the army and then NO ONE would have anything to get upset about

    October 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. FrenchBread

    Now we know who to put on the front lines. Let Operation Human Shield begin!

    October 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      It's people like you who should be on the front lines. Let's rid this country of close-minded fools like you.

      October 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. YES WE CON!

    "We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For" – http://www.CREWCLUB.net

    October 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |

    The pope represents a bigger fraud than Madoff’s $50 billion ripoff. Today’s evangelical extremists are like the nazis who cast others into ovens & are actually supremacists – who practice their bogus hocus pocus – and are trying to suppress and deprive others of their happiness and their legal rights in an open and proud society.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cmxsmitty

    I'm gay. I served. It's long overdue.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aygiveuponya

      And i thank you

      October 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spirit

      Welcome home soldier!

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

      So what you're saying is that you are a liar and have no integrity. I see.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. abereal

    Ethnicity and gender are innate, not a choice. However, if someone who is openly gay wants to fight for the freedoms African-Americans are now able to enjoy in this country more than ever, more power to them!

    October 12, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. J.

    While I agree that gays should be allowed to server openly in the military, I am not sure she has the authority. If a member of the military breaks the uniform code of conduct it is a military trial, with military judges, and military rules. The same rights that we have don't apply.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
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