Tuesday, November 14, 2006

DADT appeal to 1st Circuit

Twelve lesbian and gay veterans filed an appeal to the First Circuit Court of Appeals, challenging the lower court's ruling (on a case called Cook v. Rumsfeld) upholding the constitutionality of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" as implemented in a 1993 Defense Authorization Bill passed by Congress, and subsequently by Pentagon administrative policies (the most important being published in February 1994).

The SLDN (Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which I have supported since 1993; it had been preceded by "the Campaign for Military Service) press release is here.

The District Court opinion (PDF file) is here.

As I have argued two postings down in this blog, the military DADT policy has the capability of affecting civilian areas, like security clearances and teaching.

(The picture is of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service building in the Washington Navy Yard, where many of the Navy's DADT cases have been investigated.)

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