Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Log Cabin In Court: Monday 06.18.07

A federal judge will hear oral arguments today in Los Angeles in a lawsuit brought by Log Cabin Republicans challenging the constitutionality of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

Patrick Sammon, President of Log Cabin Repubicans flew in from Washington, D.C. for Monday's hearing.

"The case presents important constitutional law issues," said Dan Woods, lead attorney for LCR.

"The Supreme Court has not addressed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law since its decision in Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down that state's sodomy laws," Woods said in a statement.

"The Court held Americans have a fundamental right to privacy and this includes the right of gay and lesbian Americans to engage in intimate relationships without government interference. Don't Ask, Don't Tell violates this fundamental right."

Log Cabin originally filed suit in the fall of 2004, on behalf of its gay and lesbian members currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The suit did not provide specific names of its members affected by the policy, which bars gays from serving openly in the military.

In 2006 the judge dismissed the case, ruling that to consider the case Log Cabin would have provide the court with the names of its members who had been impacted by the policy.

Log Cabin re-filed the lawsuit explicitly providing the Court with two injured members.

One of those members is Alexander Nicholson, who was discharged from the Army because of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law. The second member is referred to as John Doe, and is currently serving in the armed forces.

Recently, in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed piece, former Rep. Bob Barr called for an end to Don't Ask Don't Tell