A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday stopping enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, ending the military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ landmark ruling was widely cheered by gay rights organizations that credited her with getting accomplished what President Obama and Washington politics could not.
“This order from Judge Phillips is another historic and courageous step in the right direction, a step that Congress has been noticeably slow in taking,” said Alexander Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United and the sole named veteran plaintiff in the case along with the Log Cabin Republicans
Note that the plaintiffs in the case included a single veteran … and the Log Cabin Republicans. Yes, Republicans.
For those of you still clinging to the Old Republican Party, please say hello to the new. This is the kind of favor the Democratic Party loves. The Democrats have had a Democratic congress and a Democratic executive branch for two years and they did not pass legislation to change this ban. Instead, they let the Republicans win the case in court.
Admittedly, the Department of Justice did oppose lifting the ban, and Attorney General Eric Holder’s DoJ has two months to appeal. In the meantime, it will be interesting to hear the reaction over the next few days from the Republican Party. It will be hard to blame this one on liberal courts.
Whether you agree with the decision or not, for the Republicans, times they are a changing.