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DADT Is Back…… Again – 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Reverses Its Reversal

This has gotten so ridiculous you now need a scorecard just to to keep up……

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has once again reversed its reversal on it’s DADT ruling NOW, as of late Friday ordering the military to temporarily continue its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for openly gay service members, responding to a request directly from the Obama administration.

 the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the ruling was based on new information provided by the federal government, including a declaration from Major General Steven A. Hummer, (add bad joke here) who is leading the effort to repeal the policy.

The court said it is once again was upholding an earlier ruling to keep DADT in place “in order to provide this court with an opportunity to consider fully the issues presented in the light of these previously undisclosed facts.” (continued….)

The Department of Justice said in a statement that it asked the court to reconsider its order “to avoid short-circuiting the repeal process established by Congress during the final stages of the implementation of the repeal.” and that “it remains the policy of the Department of Defense not to ask service members or applicants about their sexual orientation, to treat all members with dignity and respect, and to ensure maintenance of good order and discipline.”  and that the grounds for keeping the stay of DADT in place are even stronger today than they were when this court initially entered the stay, and that disrupting the process set out by Congress would impose “significant immediate harms on the government.”

Alexander Nicholson, executive director of Servicemens United stated: “The situation with finally ending this outdated and discriminatory federal policy has become absolutely ridiculous, it is simply not right to put the men and women of our armed forces through this circus any longer.”

Lt. Col. Paul Hackett, a lawyer in the Marine Corps Reserve, said military officials are ready for the change and there is no need for a delay. “We’re already taking steps to implement it, politicians do what politicians do for whatever their political need is. It’s an election year, so somebody is obviously taken that into consideration. I suspect that’s what driving this.”

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