In an order issued by a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips’s judgment halting the worldwide enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as a result of her decision in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States has been put back in effect.
DADT cannot be enforced, per the order, unless the government gets a stay of the order from either the Ninth Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court pending an appeal of today’s decision.
Cynthia Smith, a Department of Defense spokeswoman, tells Metro Weekly that Pentagon officials “are studying the ruling with the Department of Justice” but added, “We will of course comply with orders of the court, and are taking immediate steps to inform the field of this order.”
The three-judge panel — Judges Alex Kozinski, Kim Wardlaw and Richard Paez — decided to lift the appellate court’s earlier stay of Phillips’s order pending the appeal of the LCR case because, the judges write, “The circumstances and balance of hardships have changed, and appellants/cross-appellees can no longer satisfy the demanding standard for issuance of a stay.”
(via Metro Weekly)