Lots of DADT News today unfoirtunately
1. The New York Times reported that an openly gay service member discharged under the policy attempted to reenlist yesterday and was turned away::
With a briefcase full of commendations under his arm, Omar Lopez walked into an Austin, Tex., recruiting office Wednesday. Mr. Lopez, 29, had served nearly five years in the Navy. He was honorably discharged in 2006 for “homosexual admission,” according to documents he carried. He wanted to re-enlist.
But recruiters turned him away hastily, saying they had no knowledge of any injunction or any change in military policy.
“I like the civilian world, but I miss it,” Mr. Lopez said of the military, as he arrived with a worker for Get Equal, a gay rights advocacy group. “I feel lost without it
Dan Woods, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the Log Cabin DADT case, has written a letter to lead DOJ attorney Paul Freeborne citing the article and noting that this may place the Defense Dept. in contempt of court and asked Freeborne to disclose “what steps the government has taken to communicate the terms and requirements of the Court’s order to military personnel, including field commanders and military recruiting offices. Which at that point was absolutely NONE.
2, An internal memo from the Air Force’s Lieutenant General Richard C. Harding was leaked today that instructed its JAG officers that until DoJ decides whether to appeal the DADT ruling, they must abide by the court injunction that says the military must move “immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding.”
3. And now it is OFFICIAL. the Department of Justice has requested an immediate stay on the overturn on DADT pending their appeal.
Justice Department attorneys filed the request to U.S. district judge Virginia A. Phillips in Riverside, Calif., this afternoon. Should Phillips deny the request for a stay, government attorneys are expected to file an emergency request to the U.S. court of appeals for the ninth circuit. Few were surprised by news, least of all the leadership of the Log Cabin Republicans, which will oppose the application for a stay of Phillips’s injunction. “After years of fighting this lawsuit, Log Cabin Republicans expected that the Obama administration would continue to pull out all the stops to defend ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’” said Christian Berle, deputy executive director of the organization. “Log Cabin Republicans will continue to advocate on behalf of the American service members who every day sacrifice in defense of our nation and our Constitution.”
Nice job, Mr. President. Completely demoralize a part of your base right before the midterm elections. Really smart move.
Why does anyone expect any more from an administration that is at best clueless and more likely bigoted.
America’s first Black President defending DISCRIMINATION.