Today, the Justice Department asked U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips to put a hold on the worldwide injunction she issued on October 12, 2010 that sought to put an immediate end to the military’s discriminatory “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy against gay and lesbian service members.
Simultaneously, the Pentagon supposedly notified its officers to abide by the injunction pending further judicial review. According to the Air Force Times, however,
“Two days after a controversial ruling from a federal judge ostensibly ending the 17-year-old ban on gays serving openly in the military, the Defense Department has issued no formal response and is expecting individual military commanders to make their own decisions about how to respond.”
The Huffington Post tells a slightly different story:
“A gay rights group says the Air Force has told its legal officers to stop enforcing “don’t ask, don’t tell” because of a judge’s ruling Tuesday. But the order to halt discharges could end soon.”
Either way, it will be interesting to see where the DADT story ends.
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