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Log Cabin DADT lawsuit gets booted by judge over anonymity

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

This is what happens when you support the closet.

PageOneQ reports that a lawsuit filed by the Log Cabin Republicans to overturn Don't Ask, Don't Tell was tossed out by a judge, not because the case has no merit, but because no plaintiff was named as a member of the LCR -- ostensibly because they haven't the cojones to be out of the closet, or perhaps, affiliated with the LCR. Who knows?
The United States District Court in the Ninth Circuit of central California has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) against the US Military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy PageOneQ has learned. The decision by LCR to not include the names of plaintiffs in the original suit resulted in the court ruling that the organization "lacks associational standing" to pursue the case. The Log Cabin organization has told PageOneQ they will re-file the case, meeting the decisionís requirements.

The court ordered the LCR to reveal the name of at least one of the plaintiffs if they want the case to proceed, and requires that the named plaintiff(s) be active members of the national Republican political organization. The ruling also requires the plaintiff to be a current or past member of the US Armed Forces who has been injured by the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. The court-imposed deadline for re-filing of the case is April 28.
Gee, those sound like reasonable requirements, don't they? The reason that LCR gives for withholding the names of its members who are the plaintiffs in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States of America and Donald Rumsfeld is because they fear it "subjects them to investigation and discharge."

Now you all know that the Servicemember's Legal Defense Network has been at the forefront of action to repeal DADT for years. In fact, the judges cited SLDN cases to refute LCR claims that anonymity is necessary for the case. Plantiffs in SLDN legal challenges to DADT have been named for a decade.

LCR, if you can't play with the big boys on this one, step aside for those who are willing to be out in this fight.

You can read the ruling here.

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