UPDATE: DADT Stay Denied; Dan Choi Reenlists
UPDATE: Federal District Judge Virginia Phillips has rejected the government’s request for a stay on the injunction she issued barring enforcement of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a six-page-order. SCOTUSblog’s Lyle Denniston:
The judge ruled one day after holding a hearing on the government request for delay. She had telegraphed at that hearing her leaning against any postponement.
The judge was tartlly critical of the government for having failed to produce, during the trial, the information it has now submitted on the negative effects it perceived if the current policy does not remain in effect while military officials make plans to implement it more gradually. The government’s only defense of the policy during the trial was to offer the legislative history of Congress’s enactment of the policy in 1993.
“To the effect [the government officials] now argue that stopping discharge under the [Dont' Ask, Don't Tell] Act will harm military readiness and unit cohesion, they had the chance to introduce evidence to that effect at trial. [They] did not do so. The evidence they belatedly present now does not meet their burden to obtain a stay.”
Our Logan Penza argues today that DADT is over. Dan Choi, who became an activist when he came out on The Rachel Maddow Show and was discharged under DADT, apparently agrees. He walked into the Times Square recruitment office this afternoon and reenlisted…
The only snafu: He’s too old to be a marine.
The age is 28; he’s 29. So he joined the army.
Choi will be on Anderson Cooper 360 tonight at 10.
Uganda’s in the news again for a front-page Rolling Stone tabloid (it publishes about 2,000 copies and is not related to the US music publication) story featuring a list of Uganda’s 100 “top” homosexuals, with a bright yellow banner reading, “Hang Them.” The list included photos and the men’s names and addresses.
For context see Jeff Sharlet’s piece in the September Harper’s, Straight man’s burden: The American roots of Uganda’s anti-gay persecutions. Sharlet went to Uganda to meet David Bahati, the Member of Parliament who introduced a draconian anti-homosexuality bill that has since been “quietly shelved.” Sharlet discussed the roots of Uganda’s anti-gay sentiment on Fresh Air.