October 20, 2010 | by Staff reports
‘Don’t Ask’ is back in effect

After a whirlwind couple of weeks that culminated in a federal judge refusing the government’s request for a stay of her decision to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” an appeals court on Wednesday granted the temporary injunction.

“This court has received appellant’s emergency motion to stay the district court’s October 12, 2010 order pending appeal,” the judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stated in their order. “The order is stayed temporarily in order to provide this court with an opportunity to consider fully the issues presented. Appellee may file an opposition to the motion for a stay pending appeal by October 25, 2010. To expedite consideration of the motion, no reply shall be filed.”

The move comes just a day after several gay service members discharged under the law took advantage of the earlier decision and sought to re-enlist in the military. LGBT rights advocates have urged gay and lesbian service members not to come out publicly until the issue is fully resolved, fearing this latest turn of events

Alex Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United, said his organization is “obviously disappointed” by the temporary stay of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” injunction.

“We hope that the Ninth Circuit will recognize the inherent contradiction in the government’s arguments for a longer stay in light of eight full days of non-enforcement with no ‘enormous consequences,’” Nicholson said.

Cynthia Smith, a Pentagon spokesperson, said the U.S. government believes that a stay is warranted because of views already articulated in the notice sent to the Ninth Circuit.

“For the reasons stated in the government’s submission, we believe a stay is appropriate,” she said.

The Blade will have updated coverage as developments warrant.

2 Comments
  • It has been reported that the military is currently working on special glasses that , when worn, will prevent our soldiers from seeing gay people.
    These anti-gay glasses are programmed to ignore men who exhibit effeminate gestures and use words like the word “sweety” and “darling”. A version of the glasses for lesbians is also being developed.

    The glasses are designed to protect soldiers who are cannot stand the sight of fellow gay soldiers.
    The developer of the glasses said “Soldiers who are sensitive to homosexuals will not be able to see gays. They will be invisible. In addition, The anti gay glasses will be useful for veterans after they’ve left the service. They’ll be protected from seeing gay neighbors, gay shopkeepers, gay lawyers, gay teachers, gay politicians, even their own gay children will become invisible…making it a lot easier to adjust to the civilian life where the gays seem to be everywhere”

    Meanwhile, the Taliban is said to be training a special contingent of “gay terrorists” whose mission will be to cause American troops to lose group cohesion and flee in fear at the very sight of gays. Unlike traditional insurgents, these terrorists will not be armed. Instead , when confronting Allied troops, they will strike a homosexual pose and blow kisses at our soldiers.

    “These anti gay glasses will allow our troops to avoid the Taliban’s taunts.” said the developer.

    The danger for US troops is that wearing the “anti gay glasses” will cause the gay Taliban terrorists to become invisible.

    The company developing the glasses are working on a way to program the glasses to ignore the Pashtun words for “sweety” and “darling” just long enough for US troops to get off a good shot at them before the gay terrorist cause troop moral to sink

  • Norris. Wow! What an amazing invention. I wonder if they could develop some that render homophobes invisible to us.

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