Judge Rules "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Is Unconstitutional
- Judge Virginia A. Phillips of Federal District Court struck down President Clinton's Don't Ask, Don't Tell
(DADT) policy in an opinion
(Scribd) issued late Thursday, ruling on the constitutionality of a complaint brought by the Log Cabin Republicans
(PDF). President Obama's Justice Department has until a September 23 deadline to submit objections to the court regarding Judge Phillips's permanent injunction, which is uncertain given Obama's previous support of his Department of Justice defending the legality of DADT, despite his opposition to DADT in principle.
In its January 13, 2010 ruling
, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the public broadcast of Perry v. Schwarzenegger
, a U.S. District Court case challenging the constitutional validity of California's Proposition 8, despite the ruling of Judge Vaughn Walker
. Working directly from court transcripts and first-hand accounts from bloggers who have been present at the trial, marriagetrial.com
is re-enacting the trial, to provide a "non-biased, objective presentation" of the case for public benefit.
"My answer is, I don't know. I don't know."
US District Court Judge Vaughn Walker
asked Prop 8 supporters to define the nature and extent of damage done by same-sex couples to the institution of marriage, and being unable to get any definitive answer
, denied the request from supporters of Prop 8 to throw out Perry v. Schwarzenegger
and ordered the case to trial in January 2010.
Being a same-sex, taxpaying couple is more expensive, overall, than being a straight, taxpaying couple
, for the same services and benefits, when available.
The Way We Are
: David Sedaris makes coffee with tea while ruminating on identity
Faith In America
asks a simple question: Is using religious teachings to deny equal rights to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people any less wrong than using religious teaching to discriminate against people of color, against equality for women or against people of different cultures wanting to marry? (check their ad campaign
too--some great ones) Meanwhile, clueless elected officials like Barack Obama
continue to buy into the GOP lies that all people with faith are conservatives/Republicans, and that Democrats are hostile to people with religious beliefs.