The American Foundation for Equal Rights, the org of entertainment and political activists that has been backing the Prop 8 case, issued this statement on the federal court ruling that the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy is unconstitutional.
“Today’s court decision declaring “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
unconstitutional is yet another significant and long-overdue step toward
full equality for all Americans. Along with the recent federal court
decisions on DOMA and Proposition 8, it is clear that our nation is
moving toward the day when every American will be treated equally under
the law, as is required by our Constitution.”
The Courage Campaign released this statement from founder Rick Jacobs: “Today’s ruling is not just a victory for the LGBT community, but for our military, our security and for U.S. taxpayers. Asking soldiers to lie about who they are destroys the trust on which an effective fighting force is reliant, and discrimination of any kind undermines the values that generations of Americans — including LGBT Americans — have fought and died to defend.”
The interesting twist is that central instigators in both cases are Republicans: Ted Olson in challenging Prop 8, and the Log Cabin Republicans in filing suit against the ban on gays serving in the military.