Military Can Discharge Openly Gay Troops For Now
November 2, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News) — “Don’t ask, don’t tell” may have been ruled unconstitutional in October, but that hasn’t stopped an appeals court from ruling that the U.S. armed forces can continue to discharge openly gay troops until further appeals hearings can take place, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
A San Francisco appeals court ruled yesterday to extend a temporary stay allowing the military to continue enforcing don’t ask, don’t tell until the government appeal is decided. Although early arguments are scheduled in the case for this spring, the entire appeals process could take over a year, the Chronicle indicates.
Despite the fact that government attorneys are working to fight the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell, separate legislation aiming to overturn the law entirely (backed by President Obama) is currently stalled in the Senate, and is also awaiting a Defense Dept. survey of service members, the Chronicle reports.