WASHINGTON, D.C. – Servicemembers United, the nation’s largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, today enthusiastically applauded the order issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifting its own stay of a lower court’s injunction barring enforcement of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. This move once again renders “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” unenforceable by the Pentagon.
“With the wait for certification dragging out beyond a reasonable time frame, the Court has once again stepped in to require the Pentagon to stop enforcing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and this time it very well may be for good,” said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United and the sole veteran plaintiff on the case. “I am proud to have worked personally worked with Log Cabin on this case for more than five years now and to have represented the gay military community as the sole named veteran on this lawsuit. Despite the criticisms and years of waiting, this case has yet again successfully eviscerated this outdated, harmful, and discriminatory law.”
The Log Cabin Republicans vs. U.S.A. lawsuit is the only contemporary successful challenge to the constitutionality of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, which requires the Department of Defense to abruptly fire any servicemember found to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual. In 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips found the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law to be unconstitutional after a two-week trial, and issued an order barring enforcement of the law worldwide. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals subsequently issued a stay of that order pending appeal by the government. Today’s order from the Ninth Circuit overturns its own previous stay, rendering “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” once again unenforceable.
Nicholson added, “Servicemembers should still remain extremely cautious with information regarding their sexual orientation for the time being. The issue remains in a state of flux, although guarded optimism is certainly warranted.”
For more information about Servicemembers United and the gay military community, please visit our new home on the web at www.servicemembers.org.
Good morning all! I apologize for the super small font. I’m not sure what happened, but I’m looking into it. In the meantime:
Happy Pride!! There’s been a lot going on this year in the LGBTQ communities, both good and not so good. Today’s a great day to celebrate being ourselves. Whether you are fully flaming out, doing your own thing like Anderson Cooper, or still trying to figure everything out, there’s a place for you. No matter what the mainstream gay media shows you, there’s no need to be a white, well off, fully tanned and toned male to be part of this tribe. I speak from experience, because I’m totally not any of those things. Well, ok, except for white. That I am.
Now, onto the show. Look down at the post right under this one. You’ll find an embedded video box that’s a live feed to the Seattle parade. I asked about how it’s supposed to work this morning, and here’s the deal:
1) You don’t have to keep refreshing your screen waiting for the show to start. Some sort of picture should come up, letting you know the feed has gone live. That’s your cue to press play. Unless it’s still blank by 11am. That’s when the parade starts. Then you might need to refresh once or twice.
2) I have Michael’s word that the coding was laid out properly, so there shouldn’t be any issues with the feed flipping out on you during the parade. If there is, just be patient.
3) The feed is running on 4G technology, so it shouldn’t drag or do the badly dubbed kung fu movie thing.
4) There is no captioning capability built into the feed itself. I apologize for that.
5) I don’t think there’s anything else to tell you. Just sit back and enjoy the show!
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Awww, yeah. 🙂 Really, there’s not much else to say except thank you to Anonymous and The J3st3r.
Cause that’s what’s up.
I said earlier this morning that I couldn’t get the video of the interview to upload. Well, I’m new to WordPress, and finally go it figured out. Here’s the whole thing for you to enjoy. If you can’t stand it, remember the actual hack bit starts at the 8 minute mark. But you might scroll back to 7:50 just to lead in.
For those of you who haven’t heard this week, the hacktivist group Anonymous took out Westboro Baptist Church’s entire Internet system. All of their websites are down, and still are at the time of this posting. At the beginning of all of this, a letter was posted letting WBC know this was going to happen. After Westboro struck back, telling Anonymous to “bring it”, the hacktivist group denied sending it. Even though they find WBC’s views repulsive, they affirmed their free speech right to continue.
Then on February 24th, the David Pakman show arranged for a live confrontation between a member of Anonymous and Shirley Phelps-Roper. Since I couldn’t get the video to embed, there’s a transcript of the essential part below the fold, with a link to the YouTube video afterward.
My friend MK Scott has his own show, OUTview Online. http://www.outviewonline.com/search/label/Our%20View It’s a radio/video show geared to news that relevent to the LGBT community. Michael calls on me to take part in topical episodes, but I’m also one of his ringers who steps in when he’s short a guest.
One of the episodes I took part in recently was a three part series on bullying. It was created in the wake of the rash of suicides related to students being bullied or harrassed. I was intervied with Dr. Jallen Rix, and the two of us talked about the role that organized religion can play in encouraging or countering the attitudes that allow bullying to take place.