As a judge decides, most likely by this afternoon, whether to allow the government keep enforcing Don't Ask Don't Tell, gay rights advocates are understandably furious. Why can't Obama just live up to his promises? The answer is complex.
To recap, the Log Cabin Republicans' case against DADT, in which a judge ruled the policy unconstitutional and issued an injunction against its enforcement, has seriously messed with the Obama administration's plan to pursue its gradual legislative end. Since the Justice Department has a duty to defend the laws put forward by Congress, they're not only going to appeal the decision, but have also asked the court to allow them to keep enforcing a policy Obama has specifically said he opposes. This afternoon, Judge Virginia Phillips will decide whether she'll allow that injunction to be stayed.