Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Court Rejects Challenge to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme court made the unfortunate decision to refuse to hear a case involving the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy, thus letting the policy remain in place.

The New York Times
examines the court's refusal to hear the DADT case today. The Times reports:

"During last year's campaign, President Barack Obama indicated that he supported eventually repealing the law, but he has made no specific move to do so since taking office in January. The White House has said it won't stop the military from dismissing gays and lesbians who admit their sexuality."

"Without comment, the nation's highest court denied a review of an appeal from former Army Capt. James Pietrangelo II, who was in the Vermont National Guard when he was discharged in 2004."

''I think this decision is an absolute travesty of justice and I think every judge on this court should be ashamed of themselves,'' said Pietrangelo, who served six years in the Army, seven years in the Vermont National Guard and fought in Iraq in 1991. 'It's nothing short of rubber stamping legalized discrimination.'"

''The Supreme Court is not infallible, they get things wrong, and they got it wrong this time,'' added Pietrangelo, who now lives in Ohio."