"Joy and pleasure are as real as pain and sorrow and one must learn what they have to teach. . . ." -- Sean Russell, from Gatherer of Clouds

"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

"I love you and I'm not afraid." -- Evanescence, "My Last Breath"

“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Friday, September 10, 2010

You Have to Wonder

When the major progress on GLBT rights is being made by Republicans -- in this case, LCR.

A federal judge in Riverside declared the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional Thursday, saying the “don't ask, don't tell” policy violates the 1st Amendment rights of lesbians and gay men.

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips said the policy banning gays did not preserve military readiness, contrary to what many supporters have argued, saying evidence shows that the policy in fact had a “direct and deleterious effect’’ on the military.

Like anyone doesn't know that.

Here's the ruling:

Decision finding DADT is unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, the Democrats continue to stall.

Update: Here's some analysis from Ari Ezra Waldman at Towleroad. Jason Mazzone has this comment at Balkinization; without going into detail, whatever the precedential basis of his comments, the reasoning strikes me as a little strained.

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