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11/01/2010

Roses are red, Violets are [still discharged for being lesbians]

by Jeremy Hooper

In late August, inspired by what I thought was Don't Ask Don't Tell's soon and ultimate end, yours truly planted a glorious bed of flowers in a vintage military helmet. The goal: For the flora to outlive the overwrought ban.

Today, I was forced to finally toss the wilted mess that's been depressing up the joint:

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I had to. Because leaves go limp. Fertile soil goes barren. Blooms come off roses. Patience wears thin:

The military may continue to enforce “don’t ask, don’t tell” while the government challenges a recent federal court decision striking down the policy as unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. court of appeals for the ninth circuit ruled that the "the lack of an orderly transition in policy" could produce "immediate harm" and "precipitous injury" — echoing arguments made by the Obama administration’s Justice Department in the lawsuit Log Cabin Republicans v. United States of America. In September a federal district judge ruled the 17-year-old policy violated the constitutional rights of gay service members.

Court Allows DADT Pending Appeal [Advocate]

*MORE: Court Of Appeals Permanently Reinstates Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell While Govt Appeals Lower Court Ruling [WonkRoom --TP]

Political lesson learned: No pro-ENDA Christmas trees.

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