Thursday, October 21, 2010

GOP Gay Activist Speaks OUT on DADT

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

UPDATE: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Continual Saga Read More….
In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans. In the case of Log Cabin Republicans v. United States of America Federal Judge Virginia Phillips ruled “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” unconstitutional and refused to grant a stay to the Obama Justice Department while they appeal. Now The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the Obama administration's request for a temporary stay. When asked about this temporary stay Cooper stated, “It’s a temporary stay which means what The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted to Obama’s justice department is saying ‘We are seeking a freeze on a freeze.’ So where the injunction froze discharges and discharge process the justice department came back and said ‘just not yet, we want more time to further our case.” Clarke continued, “For over eight days the armed forces not only survived but thrived without the burden of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and we don’t see this decision as anything but a minor setback or bump in the road. We will certainly go further and we will make our case and we will be sure that our evidence will win the day. If we have to go to the Supreme Court we will.”
R. Clarke Cooper is an Army Reserve officer and served in Iraq. We also discussed what advise Clarke has for gay and lesbian servicemembers currently serving in the military during this temporary stay. We will have the second part of this interview addressing DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, which was found unconstitutional by a Federal Judge in Boston which the Obama Administration is also appealing and more in the upcoming weeks.
For More Info: www.logcabin.org

1 comment:

Dan Woods said...

While we are disappointed with the court's ruling granting a temporary administrative stay, we view the decision as nothing more than a minor setback. We didn't come this far to quit now, and we expect that once the Ninth Circuit has received and considered full briefing on the government's application for a stay, it will deny that application, and the district court's injunction, which it entered after hearing all the evidence in the case, will remain in place until the appeal is finally decided.

Dan Woods is representing Log Cabin Republicans in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States of America