US District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled yesterday that DADT is unconstitutional and that all discharges of gay servicemembers must stop immediately.
Good news, right? Great news?
Well, there are some hitches, as always, on the path toward equality.
US Department of Justice attorneys have 60 days to appeal, though legal experts say the department is under no obligation to do so and could let Phillips’ ruling stand.
But, and this is where it gets dicey, and this is where we need to focus.
If Democrats lose seats in the upcoming elections, repealing the ban through Congress could prove even more difficult–if not impossible–next year.
So, while we take a moment to cheer Judge Phillips’ ruling, we must still be aware of the roadblocks ahead. And if there was ever a reason to vote Democratic this November, this is it.