‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ unconstitutional

It isn’t even a surprise when these rulings happen. Of course bigotry is unconstitutional.

A federal judge on Thursday declared the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional and said she will issue an order to stop the government from enforcing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy nationwide.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips said the ban violates the First and Fifth Amendment rights of gays and lesbians. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” prohibits the military from asking about the sexual orientation of service members but requires discharge of those who acknowledge being gay or are discovered engaging in homosexual activity, even in the privacy of their own homes off base.

In her ruling, Phillips said the policy doesn’t help military readiness and instead has a “direct and deleterious effect” on the armed services.

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Thought of the day

There was no god atop Kilimanjaro; there was immense beauty.

I’m back

I’m not sure where to begin.

My entire trip to Tanzania and up Kilimanjaro was amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people than the one I got. The guides are incredible, the porters are ridiculous in their speed and strength. I’m still sorting everything out, both physically and mentally, so I haven’t much more for right now. Until later…