A federal district court judge ruled on Thursday that the U.S. military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy barring service by openly gay troops is unconstitutional. The case, brought by the Log Cabin Republicans, is the first successful challenge of the 1993 law that requires the policy. "As an American, a veteran and an Army reserve officer, I am proud the court ruled that the arcane 'don't ask, don't tell' statute violates the Constitution," said R. Clark Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans.

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