Tag Archives: DOJ

Dan Choi Gives Up On Obama

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BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Court Stays Injunction Against Enforcing DADT

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the DOJ’s emergency request for a temporary stay on Judge Virginia Phillips’ order to stop enforcing DADT. Via Chris Geidner at Metro Weekly, here’s the brief ruling. This court has received appellant’s emergency motion to stay the district court’s October 12, 2010 order pending appeal. The order is stayed temporarily in order ...

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Justice Department Files DADT Injunction Stay Request With Ninth Circuit Court

Politico just reported that the Department of Justice has filed their appeal (of Judge Phillip’s denial of their request to stay her DADT injunction) with the Ninth Circuit Court. This was expected, of course. I’ve posted the brief on my Scribd account, bloggers feel free to grab it.

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Judge Denies DADT Stay

Breaking via numerous Twitter observers is word that Judge Virginia Phillips has denied the Justice Department’s request for a stay on her injunction against enforcing DADT. The DOJ will now rush their appeal over to the Ninth Circuit Court. REACTIONS National Gay & Lesbian Task Force “Judge Phillips again rejected the government’s bunk that it’s necessary this discriminatory policy remain ...

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Military Recruiters Told To Accept Gays

The Pentagon today told armed services recruiters to begin accepting openly gay men and women into the military. Spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said Tuesday that top-level guidance has been issued to recruiting commands informing them that the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule has been suspended for now. Recruiters also have been told to inform potential recruits that the moratorium could ...

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Judge Likely To Deny DADT Stay

The federal judge who last week ordered an end to DADT gave indications today that she will not approve the DOJ’s request for a stay on her ruling. A federal judge said on Monday that she is inclined to deny a government request to delay her order that immediately stopped the military from enforcing its ban on openly gay service ...

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DOJ Declines To Appeal Ruling Allowing Christianists To Proselytize In Parks

The Department of Justice has elected to let stand a court ruling which allows Christianists and other religious groups to demonstrate, preach, and proselytize in federal parks. The original case was brought by the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund over a preacher who was made to stop handing out pamphlets at Mount Rushmore. “It was a bureaucratic nightmare,” said Nate Kellum, ...

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Maddow On Yesterday’s DADT News

This clip includes video of President Obama being confronted over DADT by a student during yesterday’s MTV Town Hall.

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Pentagon Suspends Discharges During Appeal Of DADT Overturn

The Pentagon has made it official. There will be no more DADT-related discharges until the DOJ’s appeal of its overturn is resolved. This move was leaked earlier today on the Rachel Maddow Show blog. The below message has been posted to the DOD’s defense.gov website. Pending an appeal, the military services have halted discharges under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ...

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DOJ Files DADT Overturn Appeal

The Advocate reports that the Department of Justice has requested an immediate stay on the overturn on DADT pending their appeal. Justice Department attorneys filed the request to U.S. district judge Virginia A. Phillips in Riverside, Calif., this afternoon. Should Phillips deny the request for a stay, government attorneys are expected to file an emergency request to the U.S. court ...

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American Legion: DADT Must Be Defended

The three million member American Legion today demanded that the Obama administration defend DADT and appeal its overturn. “Consistent with our long-standing policy of allowing the military to police its own requirements and standards for service, The American Legion requests you appeal this decision and seek a stay on the current injunction,” National Commander Jimmie L. Foster wrote in a ...

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DOJ Appeals DOMA Overturn

Some of you will view this as good thing. Via Chris Geidner at Metro Weekly: In a move expected by most legal observers, the U.S. Department of Justice this afternoon filed notices of appeal in two cases striking down the federal definition of marriage, contained in the Defense of Marriage Act, as unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro had ...

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What Will The DOJ Do About DOMA?

Box Turtle Bulletin’s Timothy Kincaid reminds us: By my counting, today is the day that the Department of Justice must file an appeal to the court ruling which found that portions of the Defense of Marriage Act to violate the US Constitution. If not challenged, this decision would allow residents of Massachusetts who are in a same-sex marriage to have ...

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DOJ To Judge: Keep Enforcing DADT

In response to the federal court ruling that DADT is unconstitutional, late this afternoon the Department of Justice filed a brief in support of keep the ban on openly gay servicemembers. Via Advocate: In a 14-page brief, Justice Department attorneys argued that a permanent injunction against enforcing the 17-year-old law — one supported by Log Cabin Republicans, which successfully challenged ...

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MADDOW: Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld Talks About Possible DADT Appeal By DOJ

The clip starts out with the awards just given to two anti-gay Congress members by the Log Cabin Republicans.

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Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach: I Still Don’t Know If I’m Being Kicked Out

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FRC Reacts To DOMA Ruling

Calling it “the Boston Massacre of marriage,” the Family Research Council has released a typically hysterics-filled response to the DOMA ruling. Four hundred twenty-seven. That’s how many members of Congress voted to pass the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. One. The number of activist judges it took to strike the law down. Yesterday, a U.S. District Court did its ...

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HomoQuotable – Janson Wu

“We fully expect that the Obama administration will appeal the decision. It would be unusual if they didn’t. Typically, when a court strikes down a law as unconstitutional, the government appeals it. To be honest, we think that would be good. The federal government wants to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples, and that’s just not enough to stand constitutional ...

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CALIFORNIA: Judge Agrees To Hear Log Cabin Republicans’ DADT Challenge

A district court judge in California has agreed to hear the Log Cabin Republican’s challenge to DADT. Lawyer Dan Woods says U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips in Riverside, Calif. agreed Monday to send the case to trial July 13. Woods is representing the Log Cabin Republicans, a group rights group. He says the group hopes to end the ...

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Quote Of The Day – Eric Holder

“We have much to celebrate today. In the year since we last gathered, our nation – and the Justice Department – have taken steps to address some of the unique challenges faced by members of our country’s LGBT community. As you all know, up until last fall, there was not a single line in the nearly 225-year history of the ...

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