Judge Phillips: There Will Be No Waiting On My DADT Ruling, OKTHXBI

Judge Virginia Phillips officially denied the government’s request for a stay to postpone her killing of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell while it exhausts the appeals process. DoJ’s next step is to ask the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to hear its case. Attorneys for the government did not show gay soldiers “irrevocably harmed” the military. More: “While Defendants’ interests in preventing the status quo and enforcing its laws are important, these interests are outweighed by the compelling public interest of safeguarding fundamental constitutional rights. The evidence Defendants submitted with this Application has not demonstrated otherwise.”