Group seeks appellate action on gays in military
Headline Legal News | 2011/09/01 16:43
The military's ban on openly gay troops will be lifted within weeks, but the policy can still be re-enacted in the future.

That's why a Republican gay rights organization that sued the Obama administration to stop enforcement of the policy says it will ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday to declare the nearly 18-year-old law unconstitutional, affirming a lower court's ruling last year.

With several Republican presidential candidates, including Rep. Michele Bachmann, indicating they would favor reinstating the ban if elected, such a ruling is needed, said Dan Woods, the attorney for the Log Cabin Republicans. Declaring the law unconstitutional would also provide a legal path for thousands discharged under the policy to seek reinstatement, back pay or other compensation for having their careers cut short, Woods said.

"The repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' doesn't say anything about the future," Woods said. "It doesn't (explicitly) say homosexuals can serve. A new Congress or new president could come back and reinstitute it. We need our case to survive so there is a constraint on the government to prevent it from doing this again."

During her campaign stop in Iowa in August, Bachmann told interviewer Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of The Union" when asked whether she would reinstitute the law: "It worked very well and I would be in consultation with our commanders, but I think, yes, I probably would."

Justice Department attorneys have filed a motion asking the appeals court to dismiss the case, arguing that the repeal process that will lift the ban Sept. 20 makes the lawsuit irrelevant.

The Log Cabin Republicans successfully won an injunction by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips last year that halted enforcement of "don't ask, don't tell" briefly, before the 9th Circuit reinstated it.

[PREV] [1] ..[1290][1291][1292][1293][1294][1295][1296][1297][1298].. [1896] [NEXT]
Headline Legal News
Legal Topics
Legal Business
Attorney News
Court News
Court Watch
Areas of Focus
Legal Interview
Former Trump campaign aide Nunber..
TransCanada doesn't have to pay l..
Court fight over, founding papers..
Romania court nixes law allowing ..
Philippine gov't asks Supreme Cou..
Turkish court rejects request for..
Court: Nike logo of Michael Jorda..
Brazil court largely upholds law ..
High court: Held immigrants can't..
Court: US anti-discrimination law..
Organized labor case goes in fron..
Court leaves black judge on case ..
Delay in Nevada gun buyer law dra..
California parents face new charg..
Pennsylvania congressional map ba..
Supreme Court sides with Chicago ..
Courts: Bail reform working, but ..
Maldives court delays reinstating..
Inmate in landmark Supreme Court ..

Santa Ana Workers' Compensation Lawyers
Fort Washington Employment Law Firm
Attorney Marc E. Weinstein
China trademark registration lawyer
Chicago Truck Drivers Lawyer
Chicago Workers' Comp Attorneys
San Francisco Trademark Lawyer
San Francisco Copyright Lawyer
Lorain Elyria Divorce Lawyer
Chicago Business Law Attorney
Corporate Litigation Attorneys
Houston Estate Administration Lawyer
Car Accidents Attorneys
New Rochelle Personal Injury
Surry County Criminal Defense Lawyers
Yadkin County Family Law Attorneys
St. Louis Missouri Criminal Defense Lawyer
St. Charles DUI Attorney
Connecticut Special Education Lawyer
Law Firm Web Design Templates
Lawyer Website Templates
   Legal Resource
Headline Legal News for You to Reach America's Best Legal Professionals. The latest legal news and information - Law Firm, Lawyer and Legal Professional news in the Media.
Copyright © All Rights Reserved. The content contained on the web site has been prepared by Click The Law. as a service to the internet community and is not intended to constitute legal advice or a substitute for consultation with a licensed legal professional in a particular case or circumstance. By using the you agree to be bound by these Terms & Conditions.

Law Firm Website Design by Lawyer Website Design Blog - Lawyer Web Site Design That Works