**UPDATE** – As a number of commenters pointed out when this posting first appeared, Log Cabin arranged “Call to Duty” — a college speaking tour of former armed services members speaking out against DADT. Call To Duty website link here. Unless my eyes are fooling me, there are actual people there with actual names. Names that could have been used in the lawsuit that was dismissed because the US District Judge said Log Cabin failed to identify anyone affected by the policy and lacks standing to maintain the suit on its own.***
A federal judge has dismissed a gay rights group’s challenge to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy because the group wouldn’t tell the judge the names of the people it was representing.
The Log Cabin Republicans’ refusal to name any of the past or present service members on whose behalf the organization filed the lawsuit means the group has failed to identify anyone affected by the policy and lacks standing to maintain the suit on its own, said U.S. District Judge George Schiavelli of Los Angeles.
The organization’s claims of harm to its members are merely “hypothetical and conjectural,” Schiavelli said in a ruling issued March 22. He said other past and present suits over the same policy have shown that those who believe their rights are violated “will step forward to legally challenge the perceived injustice despite the potential consequences.”
The dismissal is not final, however, as Schiavelli gave the organization until April 28 to file an amended lawsuit naming at least one member harmed by the policy. Patrick Guerriero, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, said Monday the group would reluctantly comply.
The suit was filed anonymously largely to protect plaintiffs who were still in uniform, because “if they came out publicly they would be thrown out of the military,” Guerriero said. He said his organization was talking to current and former service members involved in the case to see which of them would agree to be named publicly.
Once again, Log Cabin fails by trying to go through the courts. When they should instead focus on trying to win the hearts and minds of their fellow Republicans. But, it seems too much to ask Patrick to pull himself away from the gay political cocktail parties in D.C. and go to less fabulous, but more important, Republican gatherings. More important, that is, if Log Cabin really wants to influence the GOP.
-Bruce and Dan