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|(Washington, DC) – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily and partially granted the Obama administration’s demand to restart enforcement of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ The administrative stay prevents the military from accepting new openly gay recruits, however the injunction continues to prevent discharges or investigations under the policy.
“Even after this administrative stay, the injunction obtained in Log Cabin Republicans v. United Statescontinues to provide freedom from the threat of investigation and discharge while American servicemembers wait for final certification of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director, combat veteran and captain in the United States Army Reserve. “Log Cabin Republicans will continue to fight for a clear, final and complete end to this unconstitutional law. With the Pentagon complying with the injunction and implementation training nearing completion, there simply was no justification for allowing this archaic policy to continue at all.”
Log Cabin Republicans have maintained a three-front strategy against ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ lobbying for repeal in Congress, consulting with the Department of Defense, and filing suit in federal court. The case went to trial in July of 2010, and Judge Virginia Phillips ruled on September 9, 2010 that the policy violated the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution.
Log Cabin Republicans is the only Republican organization dedicated to representing the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans and their allies. The more than 30-year old organization has state and local chapters nationwide, a full-time office in Washington, DC, a federal political action committee and state political action committees.