Appeals court extends life of gay military policy
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court in San Francisco
has indefinitely extended its freeze on a judge's order halting
enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Monday's decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals means gay Americans who disclose their sexual
orientations still can't enlist in the armed forces and can be
The panel granted the government's request for a stay while it
challenges the trial court's ruling that the ban on openly gay
service members is unconstitutional.
The same panel imposed a temporary hold keeping "don't ask,
don't tell" in place last week.
Monday's ruling also heightens pressure on the Obama
administration to persuade the U.S. Senate to repeal the 1993 law
before a new Congress is sworn in.