Friday, September 24, 2010
Say what you will about Barack Obama but one thing I think we can all agree on: he’s a coward and a hypocrite.
Late yesterday, Obama’s Justice Dept. asked a Federal judge Thursday to continue enforcing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” despite a ruling earlier this month by a Federal judge in California that struck down the policy as unconstitutional.
In a 14-page filing, Justice Department attorneys argued that a permanent injunction against enforcing the law, supported by Log Cabin Republicans, which successfully challenged DADT in court and has argued for a halt to all discharges of gay service members, would be “untenable.”
The government brief can be read HERE.
DADT repeal attorneys representing Log Cabin Republicans immediately slammed the Justice Department’s filing. Dan Woods, lead attorney for the Republican group, called the arguments “ridiculous” and said his team would file a response as soon as Friday.
Anticipating a backlash, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs issued a typical mumbo-jumbo statement on Thursday saying the Justice Dept. filing “in no way diminishes the President’s firm commitment to achieve a legislative repeal of DADT, indeed, it clearly shows why Congress must act to end this misguided policy.”
Servicemembers United executive director Alex Nicholson said the Obama administration “had a choice to take several different routes [with the injunction], from the moderate and reasonable to the extremely ridiculous. It appears that they decided to go with the latter end of the spectrum.”
Nicholson said the DOJ’s filing further erodes faith in the administration for many gays and lesbians seeking substantive change.
Nearly a hundred members of Congress have asked the president to stop enforcing DADT, and while the executive branch cannot reverse the military ban, it does have the ability to issue an executive order to the military to stop enforcing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” All Mr. Obama needs to do is sign an executive order.