Thursday, October 21, 2010

Court keeps 'Don't Ask' — for now

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 9:03 AM

In an update posted this morning, the Associated Press reports that "a federal appeals court has frozen a judge's order halting the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, even as the Pentagon has announced it will accept openly gay recruits."

A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel temporarily granted the U.S. government's request for a freeze on the judge's order yesterday, pending further consideration of the government's appeal.

Still, according to the AP, it's unknown how this will affect orders from the Pentagon to halt enforcement of the policy.

President Barack Obama said last week that the Clinton-era law "will end on my watch" but added that "It has to be done in a way that is orderly, because we are involved in a war right now." He said he supports repeal of the policy, but only after careful review and an act of Congress.

Read the story here, and note that it also includes statistics from a CBS poll that shows "a majority of respondents supports allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military."

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