In a split decision, issued today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted the government’s request to place a stay on the injunction of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy issued by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips, pending the outcome of the government's appeal of Log Cabin Republicans v. United States.
“Log Cabin Republicans is disappointed that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ will continue to burden our armed forces, undermine national security and limit the freedom of our men and women in uniform,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans. “Despite this temporary setback, Log Cabin remains confident that we will ultimately prevail on behalf of servicemembers’ constitutional rights.”
GLAAD continues to urge the media to tell the stories of LGBT service members, and the everyday impacts the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy has on their lives. Discharging highly qualified and skilled servicemembers is detrimental to our national security, and demands serious scrutiny by the media.