The Log Cabin Republicans will ask a federal judge today (Thursday 10/16) to order the Pentagon to stop enforcing “Don’t ask, Don’t tell,” the law barring gays from serving openly in the military.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips last week ruled that the law violates the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution. Now, attorney Dan Woods, who represents the gay-rights group, is looking for a more practical ruling.
“The case may be tied up in litigation for several more years,” said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a nonpartisan group that offers free legal services to those affected by the law.
“We want her to block any further enforcement or application of don’t ask, don’t tell wherever we have military operations — not just in California, not just in this country but wherever we have military bases anywhere in the world,” he said.. A Pentagon official said government lawyers will likely object to a court injunction. There has been no word from the Justice Department.