The Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy excludes open homosexuals from serving in the U.S. military "solely on the basis of status and conduct that is constitutionally protected," a lawyer for a gay Republican group argued before a crowded courtroom as trial opened Tuesday in a case that seeks to bar enforcement of the law. The federal bench trial in California began as debate continued in Washington over legislation to repeal the ban. The case represents the only formal constitutional challenge to the statute.
Constitutional Challenge to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Reaches Trial
The National Law Journal
July 14, 2010