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10/19/2010

Phillips *this close* to a stay; overwrought debate *this close* to mind-numbingly annoying

by Jeremy Hooper

An official ruling is coming down today. But all signs say Judge Virginia Phillips is unlikely to issue a stay on her Don't Ask Don't Tell injunction:

Stay Unlikely From Trial Judge in DADT Case [Poliglot]

Should Phillips do as expected, the Justice Department will have to direct further appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Then if denied there as well, the matter would go to SCOTUS, and particularly Justice Anthony Kennedy, who could weigh in on the case solely, or bring in the rest of his high court peeps.

Bottom line: DADT and its unprincipled discharging behavior is currently in a holding pattern, and today it could be put on an extended pause while other bodies consider a law that Congress should've sent to Bad Policy Purgatory long ago. Meanwhile, thousands of soldiers lie in wait: Both the lies and the waiting forced upon them by a government that promised more and better!

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**UPDATE: Pentagon apparently now accepting openly LGB applicants

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***MAJOR UPDATE: BREAKING: U.S. District Court Rules on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Injunction [SLDN]

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