Obama Fights To Preserve Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Before Supreme Court

President Barack Obama continued his effort to preserve the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in a filing before the United States Supreme Court. A trial court had imposed an injunction to halt the discriminatory policy. The Administration could have allowed the injunction to stand pending an appeal but succeeded in getting the order reversed. Now, it is defending its intention to continue to discriminate against gays and lesbians in an appeal to the Supreme Court.

The Justice Department had secured an order from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco to allow it to continue to discharge service members solely because they are known to be gay or lesbian. It is also seeking to reverse a decision finding that such discrimination violates the Constitution. The Administration had the discretion not to appeal or to allow the injunction to stand. Instead it is fighting for the right to discriminate and has argued for an extreme view of military discretion in the abuse of gays and lesbians — including opposing the very right of individual service members to show that they were not personally a threat to good order and discipline. The Obama Administration has argued that the court should just accept that any and all openly gay and lesbian service members are a threat to good order and discipline — and thus a threat to our overall national security . . . And they wonder why Obama and Bush are now virtually even in the polls.

Source: MSNBC

65 thoughts on “Obama Fights To Preserve Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Before Supreme Court”

  1. Bdaman:

    why is that bad news? GM would have access to about 1 billion potential customers.

  2. how so? where would your house go? But with Bernanke making monopoly money you might be right. I love inflation, I get to pay back debt with funny money.

    Thanks Benny B, your the best friend a gold bug ever had. At this point I wish I would have jacked every credit card I own buying gold. If I cant pay I just walk away, if I can the credit card company is getting 50% on their money thanks to Benny B and Barry O.

    Soak the rich, that’s my motto.

    I think I like hope and change.

  3. “we’d all be living in boxes under bridges.”

    I’m more of a van down by the river kind of guy. 🙂

  4. “I’m gay and I’m not going to take it any more!”

    Ah, I feel so much better now. Although now all my office co-workers are looking at me queerly. But this is California so I imagine they will get over it.

    Although that could be a statement rejecting the gay life style, well let them guess.

  5. Bdaman, Be careful what you wish for, if it weren’t for the communists (Chinese) this country would be bankrupt and we’d all be living in boxes under bridges.

  6. is there any hunger in America? I thought we were trying to keep people from getting fat. Are we too fat or starving to death? It’s all so confusing.

    Free peanut butter, milk, cheese, free school lunches, free school breakfast. School gardens and soda machines, seems we have food coming out of our pores.

    Why do we have so much cheap food? Although bacon has gone up 16%. Maybe Muslims have acquired a taste for pork? Maybe the Chinese are buying American pork since there pork Knox was running low a few months ago?

    Pork bellies anyone?

  7. A little self help may be in order. Every gay person in the military should just publicly declare it. Today would have been a perfect day for it too. Just walk into your office, mess or whatever is the first public event of their day and declare that they’re gay- ‘I’m gay so fire me or leave me the hell alone but I’m not lying anymore, I’m gay.’

    Harvey Milk encouraged and used that kind of self-help to the advantage of his political aims and his constituents as I recall.

  8. I’m still working on that one, Bob. I suspect it’ll take more than a Phillips head screwdriver to fix.

  9. Buddha,

    They represent the other half of the equation; thus making a super majority of the electorate morally bankrupt.

    So what’s the jolt that knocks a majority back in line?


    (A Soldier Died Today)

    by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

    He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,

    And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.

    Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,

    In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

    And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,

    All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.

    But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,

    And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

    He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,

    For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.

    Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,

    And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier died today.

    When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,

    While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.

    Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,

    But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land

    A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?

    Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,

    Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

    A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives

    Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.

    While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,

    Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

    It’s so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,

    That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know

    It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,

    Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,

    Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?

    Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend

    His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

    He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,

    But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.

    For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part

    Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor while he’s here to hear the praise,

    Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.

    Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,

    Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

    © 1987 A. Lawrence Vaincourt

  11. Is it just me getting a headache from his indecision? One minute he’s saying gays should be allowed in the military and then next he’s getting the Justice Department to say that they should be allowed to carry on kicking them out of the military.
    I just don’t get it

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