Military Recruiters Must Accept Applications from Gays and Lesbians, Pentagon Advises
October 20, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News) – After 17 years, a federal judge has halted the armed forces’ “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, ruling it unconstitutional — and recruiters must now accept military applications from gay men and women, but with one caveat. However recruiters have to tell the applicants that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy could be reinstated any time, the Washington Post reports.The government has plans to appeal a federal judge’s recent moratorium on the policy, which previously restricted gay service members from serving openly in the military. With its U.S. Court of Appeals bid already in the works, the Justice Department is seeking to reinstate the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
During this period of “limbo,” the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which represents soldiers affected by the policy, is asking members to hold off on filing military applications. “If you come out now, it can be used against you in the future by the Pentagon,” the group’s director said in an e-mail, the Post reports.