Log Cabin Republicans v. United States of America, filed in 2004
The Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) filed a lawsuit that directly challenged the constitutionality of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Specifically, the lawsuit seeks a ruling that the policy violates constitutional protections of due process and freedom of speech.
Margaret Witt v. U.S. Department of the Air Force, filed in 2006
The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington filed a lawsuit in United States District Court for the Western District of Washington challenging the discharge of a much-decorated major and flight nurse in the U.S. Air Force Reserves on grounds that she has engaged in homosexual conduct. The suit seeks an injunction forbidding her discharge and a declaration that for the military to discharge Witt would violate her rights to engage in private activities without government interference.
Michael Almy, Anthony Loverde, & Jason Knight v. U.S. Department of Defense, filed in 2010
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and Morrison & Foerster LLP filed a complaint against the United States government asking for the reinstatement of three service members discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), the discriminatory law barring gay, lesbian and bisexual service members from serving honestly and with integrity. The filing in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, also argues the current law and the regulations, policies, and guidance that implement it, are unconstitutional.
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Richard Collins v. United States of America, filed in 2010
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a class action lawsuit challenging that discriminatory internal policy of the Department of Defense as unconstitutional. The separation-pay policy is not part of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Department can change it immediately without waiting for congressional approval.
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Detailed case information from the ACLU site here