RIVERSIDE – A case filed by the Log Cabin Republicans challenging the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy will go to trial July 13.
U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips decided on Monday that the case can go forward in Riverside County, said Dan Woods, the attorney representing the Log Cabin Republicans. The Log Cabin Republicans filed the lawsuit in 2004.
Wood said the gay political group seeks to have the Clinton-era policy, which prohibits openly gay and lesbian soldiers from serving their country, to be declared unconstitutional. Should the judge strike down the DADT policy, it could set a precedent nationwide.
The Justice Department failed in its attempt to halt the case of Log Cabin Republicans v. United States of America, citing the attempt by Congress to end DADT.
President Barack Obama, during his State of the Union speech in January, said he wanted DADT repealed by the end of this year. The House voted May 27 to repeal the policy, and the Senate is expected to take up a similar measure this summer.
Meanwhile, the military is conducting a survey of servicemembers on DADT and the results are due on Dec. 1. Any repeal of DADT would likely occur after that.