Out & Equal salutes U.S. District Court decision holding "Don't Ask, Don't Tell unconstitutional"

Out & Equal salutes U.S. District Court decision holding "Don't Ask, Don't Tell unconstitutional"

September 10, 2010

For nearly twenty years, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) has legalized employment discrimination in the military, forcing patriotic members of the armed forces to hide essential aspects of their identity under the threat of being dismissed solely on the basis of sexual orientation. Thousands have lost their jobs under this law.  Countless others opted not to pursue military service. Unknown numbers of LGBT men and women served honorably and heroically, but under an imposed silence that added increased hardship to their lives as this nation’s defenders.

Our largest corporations realized long ago that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation as embodied in DADT is not good business. It is unproductive and patently unfair. Nearly 80% of Americans agree based on a soon-to-be-released survey, that performance and not sexual orientation should determine the standard for judging an employee’s work.

Last evening, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips ruled that DADT is unconstitutional. This ruling, if upheld, is an important step in transforming the military into a workplace where all soldiers can serve this country to their full potential, with the dignity and respect owed to all of them by a grateful nation. Out & Equal salutes Judge Phillips’ decision as we work toward a time when all employees can be truly out and equal.

Read the full ruling here.

More information on the repercussions of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell here.