“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy Here to Stay: Sup. Court Denies Hearing

June 8, 2009

(ChattahBox)— The U.S. Supreme Court just struck another blow to the eventual demise of the controversial anti-gay Military policy, dubbed, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” when it rejected an appeal from a former army captain who was dismissed from the military under that policy.

Former army Capt. James Pietrangelo II was appealing from a Boston federal appeals court decision in Pietrangelo v. Gates that rejected his claims along with 11 other victims that the anti-gay policy was unconstitutional. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy mandates that soldiers be dismissed from the military when a commander learns a service member is gay or lesbian.

President Obama suggested during his presidential campaign that he was in support of a repeal of the controversial “Dont Ask, Don’t Tell,” policy which is having the effect of banishing talented and highly trained soldiers from the military when the country needs them the most, with two wars.

Pietrangelo decided to appeal that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court where he was also shut down. The Obama administration filed court papers in the appeal, supporting the lower court’s decision, which decided that the policy is “rationally related to the government’s legitimate interest in military discipline and cohesion.”

Arabic speakers and interpreters are desperately lacking in the military that is now at war with two Arab speaking counties. A military brain drain has been the result of this unfortunate policy. Since 1998, the military has discharged dozens of Arabic language specialists, after being “outed” as gay.

Since Obama took office, Dan Choi, a highly regarded West Point officer, who served in Iraq and is fluent in Arabic, was informed he would be dismissed, after announcing he was gay on national television.

The Obama administration did not object to his impending dismissal.



One Response to ““Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy Here to Stay: Sup. Court Denies Hearing”

  1. Matt on January 17th, 2010 9:22 pm

    HA HA!! was too short. so HA HA MFers.

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