Sarnoff + Sarnoff is honored to have filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Servicemembers United, the nation's largest organization of gay and lesbian servicemembers, veterans, and their allies. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips recently ruled in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States of America et al. that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (“DADT”) is unconstitutional and issued an injunction barring DADT’s enforcement by the Pentagon. The issue presently before the Ninth Circuit is whether to lift a temporary stay of the injunction issued by Judge Phillips.
The amicus brief filed by Sarnoff + Sarnoff on Servicemembers United’s behalf sets forth how Servicemembers United, its members, and the American public will suffer substantial and irreparable harm if the Ninth Circuit stays the injunction pending appeal. In particular, the brief explains that if the Court grants an extended stay, countless gay and lesbian former servicemembers and civilians who want to serve our country will permanently “age-out” of eligibility to enlist, re-enlist, or become commissioned officers.
To read the brief, click here.