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SLDN to appeal district court dismissal of DADT challenge

You saw it here first, if you caught my live-blogging of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) annual dinner on Saturday (check out the post for pictures, audio and video).

The organization will appeal the court decision that dismissed the challenge of DADT’s constitutionality. From today’s release on the matter: (US Newswire):

The organization announced the appeal during its annual fundraising dinner in Washington, D.C., on May 13. The suit was filed in December 2004 on behalf of lesbian and gay veterans of the war on terror who were discharged under the military’s ban. In April, the District Court for the District of Massachusetts dismissed the lawsuit, granting a motion to dismiss brought by the federal government.

“SLDN intends to appeal the recent court decision granting the government’s motion to dismiss our lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.,” SLDN executive director C. Dixon Osburn said. “The men and women in SLDN’s lawsuit are among the best and brightest America has to offer. They have diligently fought for the right to serve our country and defend our ideals. All of us at SLDN are enormously proud of their determination and we work to honor them every day.

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