A proposed court order that would block the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy should apply only to members of the group that challenged the constitutionality of the law, the Department of Defense said.
The U.S. military shouldn’t be allowed to enforce its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy while it appeals a court decision that the rule is unconstitutional, the group that won the order told a federal appeals court.
The Obama Administration was ordered to reveal whether it intends to defend the legality of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and explain why an appeal of a ruling striking down the policy should not be dismissed.
The Obama Administration asked a federal appeals court to keep the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays and lesbians serving in the military in place during an appeal of a ruling overturning the law.
The U.S. military was ordered to stop discharging gays and lesbians who reveal their sexual orientation as a federal judge put into effect a ruling that its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is unconstitutional.
The Obama administration won a court decision allowing it to keep the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays and lesbians serving in the military in place while a ruling overturning the law is appealed.