The WSJ Law Blog reports here that federal district court Judge Virginia Phillips announced today that she issued a worldwide ban on the US military’s enforcement of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy regarding homosexuals in the military–implementing her decision last month finding the policy unconstitutional. From Ashby Jones’ post on the Law Blog, links to the Judge’s Order today and 84-page findings of fact and conclusions of law. The order not only bans new actions but contains this startlingly broad direction to DoD:
Defendants United States of America and the Secretary of Defense [are ordered to] immediately . . . suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Act, or pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 654 or its implementing regulations, on or prior to the date of this Judgment.
This will obviously have an effect on congressional and executive branch efforts to slowly unwind DADT. More to follow.