Expect the Justice Department to appeal U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Philips’s worldwide injunction of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, if “senior administration officials” are to be believed. With 60 days to file an appeal Log Cabin Republicans v. United States of America, the government won’t likely wait until the last minute, with an appeal filing coming as early as this week. As expected. But isn’t President Obama all torn up about it?
If he is, he’s not showing it.
Press Sec. Robert Gibbs was today asked about the ruling and DoJ’s possible response, to which he said he’d “refer you to the Department of Justice on some of the legal ruling questions.” Great! But doesn’t Obama get the final say as to whether there’s an appeal? “The president — the president I believe does.” And while we already know Obama thinks the law is discriminatory, does he think it’s unconstitutional? “The president believes the policy is unjust. The president believes that the policy discriminates against those, as I said earlier, that are willing to die for their country.” Yes, but unconstitutional? “I have not [asked him].”
Well. Do it.