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Is The 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Ruling A Bigger Victory For Women?

Neon Tommy |
September 9, 2010 | 11:19 p.m. PDT

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The "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bars openly gay men and women from military service, is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Judge Virginia Phillips said the policy violates the First and Fifth amendments, and plans to issue an injunction that would end the enforcement of the policy, though the government could appeal.

The ruling is being hailed as a victory by many gay and lesbian interest groups. But one writer, in a post published before the ruling was delivered, argues that the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" would be a victory for all women.

Janice Formichella writes, "While DADT has a larger impact on gay women than gay men, the policy actually has a negative impact on all servicewomen, regardless of sexual orientation. 'Lesbian baiting,' the practice of pressuring women for sex and sexually harassing women by using the threat of calling then lesbians as a means of intimidation, is common in all levels of the military."

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