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Judge declares U.S. military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy openly banning gay service members unconstitutional


September 9, 2010 | 6:07 pm

A federal judge in Riverside declared the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional Thursday, saying the “don't ask, don't tell” policy violates the 1st Amendment rights of lesbians and gay men.

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips said the policy banning gays did not preserve military readiness, contrary to what many supporters have argued, saying evidence shows that the policy in fact had a “direct and deleterious effect’’ on the military.

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Tags: dont ask dont tell, lgbtq / gender & sexual minorities
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