Federal Judge Says Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is Unconstitutional

A federal judge in California has ruled that the military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy is unconstitutional. The judge plans to issue an injunction that will prevent the government from enforcing the policy. The Department of Justice, however, will have an opportunity to appeal the ruling.

The judge ripped the policy on numerous accounts. First, the judge noted that the policy violates service members right to free speech–gay military members are discharged for revealing their sexuality. Second, the judge noted the policy has harmed recruiting and has led to dismissals of key service members which thereby reduces the effectiveness of the military.

Federal judge rules ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy is unconstitutional | The Los Angeles Times

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