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. dawg

    My only hope is that this judge has the chance in life to shower in a room full of lesbians, then she will understand how this feels to service members. That is if she is not a lesbian in which case she needs to shower in a room full of men.

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

      THIS is your only hope?? Get a life, loser.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Faisal

    I agree, the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy is terrible. Praise this judge and Glory to God

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

      my name is Faisal too, we both know what God wants, so leave his glory out of it.

      October 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kazz


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

    DADT is not 'military law'. It's what politicians put in place. This decision IS under the authority of the US Courts.
    This wasnt something the military decided on their own, as with code of conduct, housing etc etc..its was put into effect by Congress & POTUS. Stupid azz policy too. Right now the USA has the same policy on gays as does North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Saudi etc etc..notice a pattern? The rest of the free world readily accepts ALL their citizens into their military.

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

    Bigotry and hatemongering against gays should be banned.
    It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return ... it is something that should be celebrated! If it is between two guys or girls all the better. It takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!

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

    So on a ship will the gay men sleep and shower in men's berthing or women's berthing? We separate men and women for obvious reasons, seems obvious that the gay men should be separated as well.

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

    Woohoooo!! I served 4 years proudly and never really understood why this was even an issue. I'm straight and the only thing I would recommend is a separate room (not barracks) for the open individuals.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. greatness lost is legend

    President Andrew Jackson should be invoked here by the Military. This will be disruptive to unit morale. That is why it was put in place. To roughly quote Jackson: The Court can make a ruling and they can enforce it...

    October 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pa.Opinion

    The military is operated thru the Legislative branch. Not the Judicial....these courts are out of control and need reigned in. Didn't one try this a few weeks ago?

    October 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saveourcontry2010

    To all you dems out there it was Bill Clinton a democrate who signed dont ask dont tell into law. He could of vetoed it

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

      could have

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

      And yet another fool that does not know his history...

      October 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nate (Seattle, WA)

    Obama is such a two-faced liar. He claims to support gay rights. He claims to want to change the way Washington works.

    Here, despite his complete inability to lead on this issue, he has this golden opportunity. The courts have done the job of repealing DADT for him. All he has to do is instruct the Justice Department, which is SOLELY UNDER HIS CONTROL, to not appeal the decision, which he claims to support. Then, it's done. It doesn't require breaking a filibuster in the Senate. It doesn't require a military investigation. It's over.

    But, he's not going to do that. I hope all the naive liberals who voted for this charlatan take note of how they've been duped.

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

      Face it, the majority of people including democrats are against gays serving in the military. I find it amusing how gays think we should deal with this issue when we actually have other important things in this country to deal with like the economy and jobs.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Don't worry, jdoggers. I'm sure your fry station job isn't in any danger.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoggers

      Joe...what fry station? I have a masters degree in electrical engineering. I make more than you fool, and I am much more intelligent.

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

      Actually, I have an MBA so I wouldn't go touting your credentials just yet. You're obviously more ignorant which weighs on your intelligence as a whole.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoggers

      Joe...an MBA is nowhere near as difficult as an MSEE. When I was in college, the people who couldn't cut it in engineering switched to business. Getting a business degree was an insult because it is so easy.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Ha! Ok you are obviously the superior one. Enjoy electrical engineering.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    So what happens on the battlefield when a gay Soldier can't shoot the enemy because he is, "Too Cute"? Won't that endanger the lives of straight soldiers?

    October 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shwat did you say?

      You are such an idiot.

      October 12, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noname

      So, you have experience with this situation??
      Really, really?! Come up with something better...

      October 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. USAF Vet

    Finally. I saw a couple of great Airmen discharged because of this policy. As a gay vet, it overwhelms me with pride to know that our country is finally getting it right. Glad to know the gays I know still serving don't have to have this hanging over their heads anymore. Come on Congress! We're almost there!

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


      October 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. OMG2010

    There is a slippery slope. Women and men are naked on tv now; didn't happen decades ago = slippery slope. Contraception legislation led to abortion and now eithansia = slippery slope. Gay civil unions (sorry, but it's not a marriage) will lead to approval of polygamy in the next few decades.

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

      In logic and rhetoric, a fallacy is a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning in argumentation.

      Slippery slope is a fallacy, you have a major misconception.

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

      You embarass yourself. "eithansia"??? Do you mean euthanasia? And how did the availablility of contraceptinves lead to abortion and euthanasia? And why would legalizing gay marriage lead to polygamy??? What does the one have to do with the other? Besides which – polygamy is traditional marriage in the old testament. No doubt you are a fundamentalist Christian. Look it up. Good luck using the bible to oppose polygamy if it ever does come up.

      October 12, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sssimon

    About time. What does it feel like to be an American and to be last among the worlds civilized nations to give equal rights to gays in the military? America that supposedly stands for equal rights and justice for all under the law?

    Gays have been serving openely in every other member of NATO's armed forces for decades. Why so late to the club? Are you proud that your nation is now the laggard when it comes to civil and human rights?

    Filthy ignorant teabagging right wingers – you embarass your once great nation before the world.

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

      I am a democrat and I don't think gays should be allowed to serve. Obviously people like you have it all wrong to think it is only republicans who feel that way. Why else would the majority of Americans think that gays should not serve? Republicans don't even make up the majority of Americans so it has to be many democrats who feel that way too.

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

      Because, sadly, the majority of Americans are stupid frightened sheep. They either believe in the invisible man in the sky or are so bigoted and racist that they are blinded to common sense and reason.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
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