WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down a challenge to the Defense Department policy forbidding gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, granting a request by the Obama administration.
The court said Monday that it will not hear an appeal from former Army Capt. James Pietrangelo II, who was dismissed under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
Obama’s campaign pledge
During last year’s campaign, President Barack Obama pledged to overturn the policy, but he has made no specific move to do so since taking office in January. Meanwhile, the White House has said it will not stop gays and lesbians from being dismissed from the military.
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It is unfortunate that the Obama administration has chosen to oppose review by the Supreme Court. Unfortunate, but not surprising. The repeal of the policy, which is currently a matter of law, is most likely to be overturned by a new law. The administration is moving slowly on this matter which has the potential to derail the administration efforts to turn around the economy and provide health care for all Americans.
The cold hard reality is that on this civil rights issue, like marriage equality, CHANGE will ultimately happen, albeit slowly.