Three officers, discharged from the US military for being homosexual under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” are suing the Justice Department, demanding they be reinstated and hoping the federal appeals court upholds a previous ruling that declared “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” unconstitutional.
There are concerns that such a ruling could lay the groundwork for a class action suit for all those discharged under the policy. As it stands, there is nothing in place to compensate officers discharged under these circumstances; and since the poor economy has made joining the military very competitive, it may be difficult for discharged soldiers to get back into the military otherwise.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear argument on this issue in September. For details, click here.