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With President Obama’s signature on December 22nd of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, one might wonder about the status of the legal challenge to DADT now pending in the 9th Circuit?  Does the passage of the law render the challenge moot?  Or are there ongoing reasons why the 9th Circuit should […]

The 9th Circuit just issued an order staying a lower court decision finding the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law unconstitutional.  The order is here.  This means that the law will remain in place until such time as the 9th Circuit rules otherwise on the case. Two judges on the three judge panel reasoned that a […]

Less than 24 hours after district court judge Virginia Phillips denied the Obama Administration’s motion to stay the implementation of her order to suspend the ban on out lesbians and gays serving in the military, a three judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted the stay “temporarily in order to provide this […]

Late Tuesday afternoon, Judge Virginia Phillips, District Court judge for the Central District of California, denied a request by the Department of Justice to stay her ruling finding that the federal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law violated the constitutional rights of current and future lesbian and gay members of the armed services. In a clear […]

The U.S. government’s motion for a stay of U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips’s ruling in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States was argued today and the judge should issue a ruling by tomorrow.  The Obama administration’s gyrations in at once defending the rightness of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as a legal matter in the […]

The US armed forces have returned to our campus for law student recruitment.  The military’s on-campus recruitment directly violates the Law School’s longstanding policy forbidding employers from recruiting on campus if they discriminate based on, inter alia, sexual orientation.  In response, the faculty members listed below have issued the following letter: We, the undersigned members […]

After a six day trial,  a federal judge in Tacoma Washington ruled yesterday that homosexuality cannot be a bar to military service.  Judge Ronald Leighton ruled that Margaret Witt should be reinstated to the Air Force Reserves after having been discharged for being a lesbian. Witt claimed that her discharge under the military’s Don’t Ask, […]

The Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic has submitted a report to Congress showing U.S. allies have managed smooth transitions to having gay and lesbian soldiers serve openly in the military. Based on extensive research into the experiences of Australia, Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom, the report, entitled “Open Service and Our […]

All eyes were on the Senate hearings this week on repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, meaning that before long members of the U.S. military will be permitted to do two things without negative consequences for the first time in U.S. history: i) say out loud “I am gay or lesbian,” and […]

Last night at the Human Rights Campaign dinner President Barack Obama delivered his first big speech on lgbt issues since becoming President.   There was much anticipation for the speech, as some in the gay community feel that the President has not moved fast enough on the issues affecting our community. If you can see this, […]

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