The law schools happen to be right about the absurdity of "don't ask, don't tell," but, as the liberals and conservatives on the Supreme Court agreed, they don't have a constitutional leg to stand on . . . Even so, the schools have every right to vigorously protest the ban on gays — and they should. There's opportunity in their defeat at the Supreme Court to raise awareness about the costs of "don't ask, don't tell" and intensify efforts to overturn this wrongheaded law.
In support of the repeal, the USA Today observes that nearly 10,000 soldiers have been discharged for being gay since President Clinton signed the anti-gay measure into law in 1993. At the same time, the military is spending hundreds of millions to recruit and retain soldiers to replace those being forced out because of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The paper concludes, "The U.S. ban on openly gay servicemembers is an archaic and hurtful assault on people who want only to serve their country. The Supreme Court did what it had to do. Now, it's Congress' turn to do what it ought to do and repeal the ban."