Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Log Cabin Republicans: Stepping Up to the Plate (in life's baseball game, even though I don't play the game well)

Found this on huffingtonpost.com, and then on towleroad.com. Log Cabin Republicans are suing the government over DADT. That's right: gay rights transcend petty politics some times.

Seems like there is a movement afoot, by the power of the Spirit (I dare to say):
A Republican gay rights group frustrated with the Obama administration's failure to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law is challenging the policy's constitutionality in federal court.

If the Log Cabin Republicans win their case, their lawyer says he will ask a federal judge to do what President Obama has so far failed to do – halt the policy immediately nationwide.

"Don't ask, don't tell" prohibits the military from asking about the sexual orientation of service members but requires discharge of those who acknowledge being gay or are discovered to be engaging in homosexual activity, even in the privacy of their off-base homes.

"We're trying to get this changed right away. After all, there are people today fighting, dying for our country, while their constitutional rights are being violated," said attorney Dan Woods, representing the national organization whose 19,000 members include current and former military members.

Some legal experts say the trial that opens Tuesday in Riverside could not come at a worse time for Obama, who derided the policy but has failed to get it off the books since taking office last year. Not only are midterm elections approaching, but the group suing the U.S. government is Republican.

Time to build up the pressure from all ends.

Larry Kramer would be proud, yes?


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