As I had feared, it was reported that the Justice Department filed an appeal yesterday afternoon seeking an emergency stay of the federal judge’s ruling stopping the military’s DADT policy. The stay would remain in effect throughout the appeals process.
According to this story in the Huffington Post, Obama’s Justice Department asked U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips to stay her ruling that overturned the ban while the government prepares a formal appeal. Additionally, asking the judge for a response by Monday – “given the urgency and gravity of the issues” – the government said that suddenly ending the ban would be disruptive and “irreparably harm the public interest in a strong and effective military.”
Um…how? I don’t get it…
Still, no “formal” announcement from the White House. However, President Obama was informally cornered at a town hall meeting by a Howard University faculty member who questioned his “alleged commitment to equality for all Americans, gay and straight.” To which President Obama answered that his stance had not wavered. That he couldn’t end the ban with the stroke of a pen, but “we’re going to end this policy.”
Yeah. We’ll see.
In the meantime, what we have is confusion amongst the ranks. Some people think that DADT is done, when it is not. Not by a long-shot. So anyone that comes out now, until it is formally repealed is at risk of being fired. In fact, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is urging those that are gay/lesbian/bisexual and in the military NOT to come out. If they have any questions or if they need an attorney they can contact the organization here:
If you or anyone you know has any questions about how the latest political developments may impact you or someone you know, or about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in general, call 202-328-3244 x100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with an SLDN attorney.
I am sorry to have a one track mind about this issue lately, but this is all I have been able to focus on. I am truly sickened by all of this. I am hoping for some pleasant, but MAJOR surprises soon. I hate this feeling of doom and gloom; but mostly I just want to feel inspired again.
What’s up with you?