The United States Supreme Court refused to allow a challenge to the existing military policy which prevents lesbians and gays from serving in the armed forces. The famous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has been in effect since the 1990s and President Barack Obama has promisd to end it as soon as possible. The Court refused to rule on an appeal from former Captain James Pietrangelo who was dismissed from the service for violating the gay policy. It said the Federal appeals court which threw out his case ruled correctly that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is “rationally related to the government’s legitimate interest in military discipline and cohesion.” The Federal court was evaluating the armed forces policy through the lens of a 2003 Supreme Court decision which struck down a Texas ban on sodomy as an unconstitutional intrusion on privacy rights.
Hopefully, gays and lesbians will have their rights restored in the coming months when President Obama finally ends the ridiculous idea about not asking or telling. Gays and lesbians have served their nation and should not have their rights violated.