Federal Judge strikes down Don't Ask Don't Tell - Permanently
A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday stopping enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, ending the military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips' landmark ruling was widely cheered by gay rights organizations that credited her with getting accomplished what President Obama and Washington politics could not.
"This order from Judge Phillips is another historic and courageous step in the right direction, a step that Congress has been noticeably slow in taking," said Alexander Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United, the nation's largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans.
DOJ is likely to appeal the ruling, but today, for the first time in the history of the Republic, gay and lesbian Americans can serve the flag like all other Americans, with honesty and without fear.
Whatever comes next, that's worth celebrating.