Reactions to the decision finding DADT unconstitutional

I included the statements from Alex Nicholson and the Log Cabin Republicans as updates in the original post on the Judge’s decision that DADT is unconstitutional, but they do warrant their own post. I’ve also added SLDN’s statement.

Here’s the statement from Servicemembers United’s Executive Director Alex Nicholson, one of the parties in the case:

“This is an historic moment and an historic ruling for the gay military community,” said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United and a multi-lingual U.S. Army interrogator who was discharged under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ “As the only named injured party in this case, I am exceedingly proud to have been able to represent all who have been impacted and had their lives ruined by this blatantly unconstitutional policy. We are finally on our way to vindication.”

Thank you, Alex Nicholson.

Statements from LCR and its lawyer:

R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director, Log Cabin Republicans & Liberty Education Forum

“As an American, a veteran and an Army reserve officer, I am proud the court ruled that the arcane Don’t Ask Don’t Tell statute violates the Constitution. Today, the ruling is not just a win for Log Cabin Republican servicemembers, but all American servicemembers.”

Dan Woods, White & Case partner who led the matter for Log Cabin Republicans

“We are delighted with the court’s ruling in favor of Log Cabin Republicans in this important case. The court’s opinion finds that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is unconstitutional, and the court will issue a permanent injunction preventing the government from further enforcement of this unconstitutional statute. This is a major victory in the fight for equality and means that military service will be available to all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Thanks to LCR, Clarke Cooper and Dan Woods. Wow.

And, from SLDN’s Aubrey Sarvis:

“We’re pleased by the judge’s decision, but this decision is likely to be appealed and will linger for years. Congress made the DADT law 17 years ago and Congress should repeal it. The Senate will have the opportunity to do just that this month and most Americans think the Senate should seize it.”

The DOJ shouldn’t appeal this decision. And, the Senate should do its job with the Defense bill.

Also, it’s time for Obama to weigh in. Last night, I tweeted this:

Dear @barackobama, please tell your DOJ not to appeal the decision finding #DADT unconstitutional. Thx.

Wouldn’t that be great? It would be a welcome change.


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