RIVERSIDE — A federal court in Riverside, California is hearing a challenge to the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
A judge heard opening arguments on Tuesday in a suit filed by the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s largest Republican gay rights group.
Attorneys for the group claim the law is unconstitutional and weakens national security.
U.S. Department of Justice attorney Paul G. Freeborne is in the awkward decision of defending the policy, even though the Obama administration is currently working to end it.
He countered that the plaintiffs were trying to force a federal court to overstep its bounds and halt the policy as it is being debated by federal lawmakers.
The U.S. House has already voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Senate is expected to take up the measure later this summer.
U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, who is overseeing the trial, says she isn’t worried that her time will be wasted.
“The possibility that action by the legislative and executive branches will moot this case is sufficiently remote,” Phillips said.
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