Supreme Court won't hear challenge to DADT

In rejecting the case, the court sided with the Obama administration, which was defending the policy

By Alex Koppelman
June 8, 2009 7:30PM (UTC)
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The Supreme Court announced Monday morning that it won't hear a lawsuit challenging the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gays serving in the military.

That the court wouldn't consider the suit didn't come as a surprise to legal observers. But there was one notable thing about the case: It featured arguments in favor of the policy from the Obama administration.


In and of itself, that's not especially shocking either. But it's certainly at odds with a promise to lift DADT that President Obama made repeatedly on the campaign trail, and since being inaugurated. To this point, though, he hasn't actually done anything to move towards repeal, and during his administration the military has discharged gays who violated DADT.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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