Breaking: Obama’s DOJ responds to LCR DADT case: limit scope only to LCRs affected

In other words, the discharges can continue, since the admin wants to limit the scope to members of the LCR affected by DADT. From The Advocate:

The Department of Justice issued a request Thursday to a U.S. district court judge asking to keep enforcing the military’s ban on gay and lesbian service members, challenging a request to stop its enforcement.

In a 14-page brief, Justice Department attorneys argued a permanent injunction against enforcing the 17-year-old law – one supported by Log Cabin Republicans, which challenged DADT in federal court – would be “untenable.”

“[A]ny injunction in this case must be limited to plaintiff LCR and the claims it asserts on behalf of its members – and cannot extend to non-parties – plaintiff’s requested world-wide injunction of the statute fails as a threshold matter,” assistant U.S. attorney Paul Freeborne wrote.

Cribbing from my pal Joe Sudbay, here’s the Scribd doc. He also had this to say:

Yes, DOJ wants to keep arguing that DADT is constitutional. And, DOJ wants to be able to move for a stay.

This is not the brief of a party that wants to find a way out of this mess. The Obama administration is aggressively defending DADT when the Obama administration doesn’t have to do this. See here, here and here.

Are you feeling peachy keen about this administration yet? I love the taste of Goodyear.

Another story that broke that screams “don’t hold your breath” sounds like a bucket of BS, given the long list of promises, fibs, and foot-dragging, particularly because it comes from “ally” in the WH, Jim Messina and his super-sized ego.

Public Leadership Seminar- Political Science 391-is the only course in Missoula currently taught by Mayor John Engen, and yesterday his friend Jim Messina, White House deputy chief, stopped by to talk about his job.

Messina graduated from The University of Montana in 1993 and got his start in politics running campaigns in Montana.

After working on Sen. Max Baucus’ campaign, Messina got the attention of then-Senator Barack Obama. He now works 41 feet from the Oval Office. “I’ve measured it,” he said. “That’s what you do when you’re a kid from Montana who gets his dream job.”

Political science major John Blake asked Messina about the failure to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the military policy that prevents gays from being open about their sexuality while serving in the military. The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday against repealing DADT “for largely partisan reasons,” Messina said, but he’s confident DADT will be struck down.

We’re going to get that done this year,” he said.

Honest to god, are we supposed to take this seriously when no one at the WH House, including his boss, lifted a finger while the Senate floundered?

I guess Messina and Joe Solmonese are going to do a tango to ring in the new year over their fantasized predictions of success.
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—  John Wright

Pro-gay marriage attorneys may move to recover Prop. 8 court costs

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — The lawyers who successfully sued to overturn California’s gay marriage ban are indicating they plan to recover attorney’s fees if the verdict is upheld on appeal.

In papers filed Tuesday, Aug. 17, attorneys for two same-sex couples and the city of San Francisco asked the court to extend a deadline for seeking reimbursement from the losing side. In this case, that would be the groups that put the ban on the 2008 ballot.

Sponsors of Proposition 8 defended the ban in court after California’s governor and attorney general refused to.

Lawyers familiar with scope of the case suggest the dollar amount would be in the millions.

Plaintiffs lawyer Theodore Boutrous Jr. says it makes sense to wait until the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decides on the Aug. 4 ruling that overturned the ban.

—  John Wright