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DADT - Request to Supreme Court to Lift Stay

DADT - Request to Supreme Court to Lift Stay

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"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Application to Vacate Order Staying Judgment and Permanent Injunction filed in the U.S. Supreme Court
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Application to Vacate Order Staying Judgment and Permanent Injunction filed in the U.S. Supreme Court

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No. 10A–_______ 
In theSupreme Court of the United States
LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS,
 Applicant 
,vs.UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
and 
ROBERT M. GATES,SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, in his official capacity,
Respondents 
.O
N
 A
PPLICATION TO
 V
 ACATE AN
O
RDER OF THE
U
NITED
S
TATES
C
OURT OF
 A
PPEALS FOR THE
N
INTH
C
IRCUIT
 
APPLICATION TO VACATE ORDERSTAYING JUDGMENT AND PERMANENT INJUNCTION
Dan Woods
dwoods@whitecase.com
 
Counsel of Record 
Earle Miller
emiller@whitecase.com
  Aaron A. Kahn
aakahn@whitecase.com
 
WHITE & CASE LLP
633 West Fifth Street, Suite 1900Los Angeles, California 90071Telephone: (213) 620-7700Facsimile: (213) 452-2329
 Attorneys for Applicant 
 
 
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
 ARGUMENT........................................................................................................3
 
 A. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell statute and the proceedings below.....3
 
B. A stay of the district court’s order is not a matter of right,and respondents failed to make the required showing for astay.................................................................................................8
 
C. The court of appeals completely failed to balance thehardships, or to take into account at all the injury toapplicant that a stay causes..........................................................9
 
D. The court of appeals’ order ignored both the uncontrovertedevidence and controlling precedent to reach a result-orientedoutcome.........................................................................................14
 
1. A presumption of constitutionality does not trump abalancing of the equities...................................................14
 
2. Deference to military judgment does not outweighconstitutional rights..........................................................15
 
3. The court of appeals incorrectly ignored controllinglaw and claimed that an injunction would interferewith the pronouncements of other circuits.......................16
 
E. At a minimum, discharges under DADT must be suspended....19CONCLUSION..................................................................................................21CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT...................................................22
 
 
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIESPageCases
 Able v. United States 
, 155 F.3d 628 (2d Cir. 1998)....................................16, 17
Blum v. Caldwell 
, 446 U.S. 1311 (1980)...........................................................15
Bowers v. Hardwick 
, 478 U.S. 186 (1986)....................................................3, 17
Brown v. Bd. of Educ.
, 349 U.S. 294 (1955)................................................20, 21
Brewer v. Landrigan 
, No. 10A416, 562 U.S. ___ (October 26, 2010)...............14
Edwards v. Hope Medical Group 
, 512 U.S. 1301 (1994)..................................15
Christian Legal Society v. Martinez 
, ___ U.S. ___, 130 S. Ct. 2971 (2010).....17
Cook v. Gates 
, 528 F.3d 42 (1st Cir. 2008)...........................................16, 17, 18
Elrod v. Burns 
, 427 U.S. 347 (1976).................................................................12
Hamdan v. Rumsfeld 
, 548 U.S. 557 (2006)......................................................15
Hamdi v. Rumsfeld 
, 542 U.S. 507 (2007).........................................................15
Hilton v. Braunskill 
, 481 U.S. 770 (1987)..........................................................8
Lawrence v. Texas 
, 539 U.S. 558 (2003)...................................................
 passim 
 
Nken v. Holder 
, ___ U.S. ___, 129 S. Ct. 1749 (2009)..............................8, 9, 15
Richenberg v. Perry 
, 97 F.3d 256 (8th Cir. 1996)......................................16, 17
Rostker v. Goldberg 
, 453 U.S. 57 (1981)...........................................................15
Ruckelshaus v. Monsanto Co.
, 463 U.S. 1315 (1983)...................................9, 15
Thomasson v. Perry 
, 80 F.3d 915 (4th Cir. 1996)......................................16, 17
United States v. AMC Entertainment, Inc.
, 549 F.3d 760 (9th Cir. 2008).....19
Weiss v. United States 
, 510 U.S. 163 (1994)....................................................15
Whalen v. Roe 
, 423 U.S. 1313 (1975)..................................................................9
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Bd. of Educ. v. Scott 
, 404 U.S. 1221(1971)................................................................................................................8
Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council 
, 555 U.S. ___, 129 S. Ct.365 (2008).........................................................................................................9
Witt v. Department of the Air Force 
, 527 F.3d 806 (9th Cir. 2008)........
 passim 
 
Witt v. Department of the Air Force 
, 548 F.3d 1264 (9th Cir. 2008)................4

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