WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council President Tony Perkins responded to today's decision by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips that the military must stop enforcing the law on open homosexuality in the Armed Services.
Perkins released the following statement:
"Judge Phillips is playing politics with our national defense. Once again, an activist federal judge is using the military to advance a liberal social agenda, disregarding the views of all four military service chiefs and the constitutional role of Congress. Last month, the U.S. Senate voted against proceeding with overturning the law in part because of the strong opposition of military leaders and also in deference to the Pentagon's ongoing study of the potential impact on readiness and morale of allowing homosexuals to serve.
"This move will only further the desire of voters to change Congress. Americans are upset and want to change Congress and the face of government because of activist judges and arrogant politicians who will not listen to the convictions of most Americans and, as importantly, the Constitution's limits on what the courts and Congress can and cannot do.
"Family Research Council calls on the Department of Justice to fulfill its obligation to defend the law vigorously through the appeals process. Congress should make clear that it will not tolerate this judicial activism," concluded Perkins.
SOURCE Family Research Council