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BREAKING: U.S. District Court Rules on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Injunction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 19, 2010
Trevor Thomas: (616) 430-2030 or trevor@sldn.org
Paul DeMiglio: (202) 621-5408 or paul@sldn.org

U.S. District Court Rules on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Injunction

WASHINGTON, D.C.
– Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), issued a statement today on U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips injunction ruling that suspended and discontinued any investigation or discharge. The Department of Justice asked for a stay on Friday, October 15.

Statement by Army veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis:

“By the judge keeping the injunction in place, lesbian and gay service members are protected another day, but the uncertainty has not gone away. The Department of Justice will immediately ask the 9th Circuit to stay the injunction. We’re talking about the careers of patriots, people who are on the frontlines serving our country – some of whom are highly decorated – and the court needs to keep the injunction in place. As the DOJ fights to keep this unconstitutional and oppressive law, we are monitoring active-duty clients’ cases and fielding calls every day to our hotline. During this interim period of uncertainty, service members must not come out. Our service members need finality. Given the uncertainty in the courts, we urge the Senate to act swiftly next month on repeal when they return to Washington.”

WARNING: Gay and lesbian service members OR those interested in signing up to serve and have questions may contact the SLDN hotline to speak with a staff attorney: 202-328-3244 x100. SLDN also re-issued its warning to active-duty service members, including those in the reserves and the national guard, to know they’re at risk. Anyone with questions or concerns should call our hotline or visit: www.SLDN.org/StillAtRisk.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (www.sldn.org) is a national, non-profit legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” A journalists’ guide is available here.

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THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS RELEASED EARLIER TUESDAY:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 19, 2010
Trevor Thomas: (616) 430-2030 or trevor@sldn.org
Paul DeMiglio: (202) 621-5408 or paul@sldn.org

SLDN Response to Pentagon Allowing Gays, Lesbians to Enlist Under Court Injunction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), issued a statement today after a Pentagon spokeswoman says recruiters have been told that they must accept gay applicants, following a federal court decision striking down the ban on gays serving openly in the military. U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips issued an injunction last week that suspended and discontinued any investigation or discharge under DADT. The Department of Justice asked for a stay on Friday, October 15. Judge Phillips is considering a stay, or hold, on the injunction right now. Read The Associated Press story by Anne Flaherty: http://yhoo.it/a1sSy0

Statement by Army veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis:

“During this interim period of uncertainty, service members must not come out and recruits should use caution if choosing to sign up. The ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law is rooted in any statement of homosexuality made at anytime and to anyone. A higher court is likely to issue a hold on the injunction by Judge Phillips very soon. The bottom line: if you come out now, it can be used against you in the future by the Pentagon. As the DOJ fights to keep this unconstitutional and oppressive law, we are monitoring active-duty clients’ cases and fielding calls every day to our hotline. Given the uncertainty in the courts, we urge the Senate to act swiftly next month on repeal when they return to Washington.”

WARNING: Gay and lesbian service members OR those interested in signing up to serve and have questions may contact the SLDN hotline to speak with a staff attorney: 202-328-3244 x100. SLDN also re-issued its warning to active-duty service members, including those in the reserves and the national guard, to know they’re at risk. Anyone with questions or concerns should call our hotline or visit: www.SLDN.org/StillAtRisk.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (www.sldn.org) is a national, non-profit legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” A journalists’ guide is available here.

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