Oct 20, 2010 /EIN Presswire/ – In the wake of last month’s decision in favor of allowing gays in the military, Judge Virginia Phillips refused the government’s request for a stay in the ruling. With this reversal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy intact, the Pentagon ordered recruiters to not deny applications based on a person’s sexuality.
Although the federal government plans to appeal the ruling in San Francisco appellate court, the Obama administration has promised to move the law forward ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” during the lame duck session of Congress following next month’s midterm elections.
The military warns applicants and current service members that this new reversal in policy could be overturned at any time, allowing the military to discriminate against openly gay members in the future. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked for a report due by December 1 to investigate the affects of the implementation of Judge Phillips’ ruling.
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