The Supreme Court on Monday agreed with the Obama administration and refused to review Pentagon policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
The court said it will not hear an appeal from former Army Capt. James Pietrangelo II, who was dismissed under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
The federal appeals court in Boston earlier threw out a lawsuit filed by Pietrangelo and 11 other veterans. He was the only member of that group who asked the high court to rule that the Clinton-era policy is unconstitutional.
"I think this decision is an absolute travesty of justice and I think every judge on this court should be ashamed of themselves," said Pietrangelo, who served six years in the Army, seven years in the Vermont National Guard and fought in Iraq in 1991. "It's nothing short of rubber stamping legalized discrimination, the same way Nazi Germany legalized discrimination against Jews.
"The Supreme Court is not infallible, they get things wrong, and they got it wrong this time," he said.
During last year's campaign, President Barack Obama indicated he supported the eventual repeal of the policy, but he has made no specific move to do so since taking office in January. Meanwhile, the White House has said it won't stop gays and lesbians from being dismissed from the military.
In court papers, the administration said the appeals court ruled correctly in this case when it found that "don't ask, don't tell" is "rationally related to the government's legitimate interest in military discipline and cohesion."
If Obama cannot support THIS measure of equal rights for gays and lesbians, with broad popular support, how can he be a "fierce advocate" for gay rights??
Candidate Obama promised to REPEAL Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Looks like Obama is a LIAR, and the Democratic Congress is going to betray us again... What a pathetic party the Democratic Party is... no political backbone whatsoever in that bunch of backstabbing liars.
There hasn't been much "CHANGE" yet in the Obama administration--it was just a campaign slogan folks!