Pentagon Can Enforce 'Don't Ask'—Again

Confused? Another ruling will do doubt some soon
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2010 8:00 PM CDT
Pentagon Can Enforce 'Don't Ask'—Again
Discharged U.S. Army Lt. Daniel Choi speaks with the media outside the Armed Forces Recruitment Center in New York Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Swoan Parker)

Keeping track of the "don't ask, don't tell" developments? Good luck with that. It's once again OK for the Pentagon to enforce the policy while the legal case proceeds. But considering it told recruiters only yesterday not to do that, the actual effect of today's ruling is what may be safely described as murky. Besides, the stay could be reversed in a few days anyway if the pro-gay group in case appeals.

And all of this, of course, is just a precursor to the government's overall appeal of a judge's decree that the policy is unconstitutional. No wonder rights groups say few gay recruits are showing up at military centers despite the hints of progress. It's just a big legal tangle. Details at the LA Times and Washington Post. (More Don't Ask, Don't Tell stories.)

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