Air Force Major Margaret Witt
We hold that when the government attempts to intrude upon the personal and private lives of homosexuals, in a manner that implicates the rights identified in Lawrence [v. Texas], the government must advance an important governmental interest, the intrusion must significantly further that interest, and the intrusion must be necessary to further that interest. In other words, for the third factor, a less intrusive means must be unlikely to achieve substantially the government's interest.While the case goes a long way toward ending the military's discriminatory policy of barring gay people from openly serving in the military, it is also significant because it's one of the first decisions to get right what the U.S. Supreme Court said in Lawrence: that our lives and relationships must be respected. It's shameful that the military continues to enforce "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." This is one time where we shouldn't wait for the courts. According to a CNN poll from May 2007, 79 percent of Americans think people who are openly gay or homosexual should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. Congress should end the ban now. Please take a moment to contact your senators and representatives. The Service Member Legal Defense Network makes it easy for you. Click here to tell Congress to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."