Task Force responds to federal judge’s injunction today halting enforcement of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey responded to the sweeping injunction issued today by a judge in California halting enforcement of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning openly lesbian, gay and bisexual service members. U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips ruled the policy unconstitutional last month. Here’s Carey’s full statement:

After 17 years of this discriminatory policy and thousands of discharged American troops, this order to halt is long overdue. We thank Judge Phillips for her ruling to end discharges under this unconstitutional law. This marks yet another strike against ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Nearly 80 percent of Americans say ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ should end. They know it’s wrong and nonsensical to discriminate against patriotic people willing to risk their lives by serving in the military. They know it’s unfair that qualified service members have been drummed out of the military because of bias. It is a mark of shame that this policy is still in place. We call on President Obama to not appeal this injunction of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and effectively put an end to a program he has called a threat to our security.