A federal judge in Riverside declared the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional Thursday, saying the “don't ask, don't tell” policy violates the 1st Amendment rights of lesbians and gay men...
The ruling comes just over a month after a federal judge in San Francisco tossed out California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, providing back-to-back victories for gay rights advocates seeking policy changes in the courts that have eluded them in Congress and at the ballot box. The case was filed by the Log Cabin Republicans, the largest political organization for gays in the GOP, in 2004. (LA Times)
Thank you Republicans.
LA Times says the Justice Department "vigorously defended" the policy, which isn't true according to the Bill Clinton judge's ruling:
Finally, it again must be noted that Defendants called no witnesses, put on no affirmative case, and only entered into evidence the legislative history of the Act. This evidence, discussed in Section IV(C)(1) above, does not suffice to show the Act’s restrictions on speech are “no more than is reasonably necessary” to achieve the goals of military readiness and unit cohesion.
Recently allegedly gay Bradley Manning was accused of stealing and releasing classified military information to Wikileaks that could cost the lives of U.S. military personnel. Telegraph reported that Manning became bitter with the army and "appeared to sink into depression after a relationship break-up" with his gay lover.