Levin College of Law

Legal expert on “don’t ask, don’t tell” available for comment

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gays in the military was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in California on Thursday.

The ruling was in response to a suit brought against the U.S. government and Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates by the Log Cabin Republicans, who said the policy violates First and Fifth Amendment rights.

Diane H. Mazur, University of Florida Levin College of Law professor and author of a series of reports advising the Pentagon how to curb enforcement of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” is available to comment on the ruling and the future of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. She is also the author of a new book on civil-military relations, “A More Perfect Military: How the Constitution Can Make Our Military Stronger,” to be published by Oxford University Press in October.

Mazur, a former U.S. Air Force captain, is the legal co-director of the University of California, Santa Barbara-based Palm Center, the premier academic and research organization for the study of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Her reports listed below, available at http://www.palmcenter.org, have been an important part of the debate regarding gays in the military:

  • The Department of Defense’s Obligation to Comply with the Constitutional Ruling in Witt v. Department of the Air Force (August 2010)
  • Memo for the Pentagon Working Group: Encouraging Candid Communications From Service Members While Mitigating Risk of Separation Under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (April 2010)
  • Secretary of Defense Authority to Implement “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a Manner Consistent With National Security (July 2009)
  • Presidential Authority to Suspend Discharges for Homosexual Conduct, in How to End “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: A Roadmap of Political, Legal, Regulatory, and Organizational Steps to Equal Treatment (May 2009)

To view Mazur’s faculty page, click here.

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Published: September 10th, 2010

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