More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Justice Dept to Judge: Let DADT Stand
The Department of Justice filed a brief on Thursday, asking the judge in a lawsuit over the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy not to issue an injunction against its enforcement. Earlier this month, judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy violates the first amendment, and due process rights of gay and lesbian service members. Log Cabin Republicans, who brought the suit, asked the judge to issue an injunction barring the enforcement of the discriminatory policy. Phillips said she would issue such an injunction. But the Obama Justice Department has now asked her to limit that injunction only to members of Log Cabin Republicans.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said: "Today, the Department of Justice made a filing in a legal challenge to the Don’t Ask, Don’t tell (DADT) policy, as it traditionally does when acts of Congress are challenged. This filing in no way diminishes the President’s firm commitment to achieve a legislative repeal of DADT – indeed, it clearly shows why Congress must act to end this misguided policy."
Dan Woods, an attorney for Log Cabin Republicans, called the arguments made by the Justice Department "ridiculous" and said his team will respond today.