Sunday, October 24, 2010

Don't Ask-Don't Tell - #2318 - Reinstated by the Courts - Baptist Press

The U.S. Department of Defense was permitted to enforce Don't Ask, Don't Tell after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary stay Oct. 20 of a lower court's order suspending the military's policy on homosexual service. The U.S. Department of Justice had filed an emergency appeal with the Ninth Circuit on behalf of the Pentagon after U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled Oct. 12 that the law is unconstitutional and enforcement of it must cease."The order is stayed temporarily in order to provide this court with an opportunity to consider fully the issues presented," a three-judge panel stated late Wednesday, adding that both sides have until Oct. 25 to file additional paperwork. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, noted that the Ninth Circuit is the most liberal appeals court in the country, yet the judges ruled against the immediate suspension of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.    Read more......

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