In a blow to the forces of bigotry and overall asshattery, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the stay on U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ decision declaring the discriminatory ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy unconstitutional.
In a brief two-page order, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy must be lifted now that the Obama administration has concluded it’s unconstitutional to treat gay Americans differently under the law.
“The circumstances and balance of hardships have changed, and (the government) can no longer satisfy the demanding standard for issuance of a stay,” the panel said.
This should not mean that all closeted service members suddenly kick open the door, and shout “I’m here, I’m queer.” Until the government actually says that they’re not going to appeal the ruling, caution is advised.
(Source Edge New England)