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Pentagon halts DADT discharges, will accept applications from gay recruits

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Pentagon has ordered a halt to all separations of gay and lesbian service members under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” complying with a ruling this week in federal court that ordered an immediate halt to the ban’s enforcement.

The U.S. military will begin accepting applications from prospective recruits who identify themselves as homosexuals, reported Army Times.

The moratorium issued Friday came after a ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court in California ordering the Defense Department to immediately stop enforcing the law. The court said the law is unconstitutional because it treats gay Americans differently under the law.

Meanwhile, defense officials will continue to prepare for the law’s formal repeal, which Congress approved in December. The law will be formally repealed 60 days after the defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs “certify” that it will not adversely impact military readiness.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he expected certification to occur in late July or early August.

On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the U.S. government to immediately halt enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the military ban on openly gay service members.

The ruling lifts the stay of a lower court ruling that found the policy unconstitutional.

The Pentagon said it will comply with the court order and is “taking immediately steps to inform the field of this order,” Pentagon spokesman Marine Col. Dave Lapan said in statement Wednesday.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. Bout time!

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 12:13pm
  2. lets hope Michelle “idiot” Bachmann doesn’t become president because this will be overturned.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 12:24pm
  3. This if FWonderful.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 12:26pm
  4. @Brett: Michelle Bachmann is a bobblehead and has no chance in any universe of becoming a US president.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 12:36pm
  5. This is about time

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 12:39pm
  6. it is truely about time – our sexuality doesn’t make us any less AMERICAN and we should be aloud to defend and support our country without fear of discrimination and separation – i am a proud VET and will always be

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 12:42pm
  7. Thank God, Mark. She’s a real ass. I don’t understand how she could be such a bigot. I think she is pretty, attractive and extremely intelligent and well educated. She seems to want to do the right thing. How come she’s so against accepting the fact that some of us are different? It makes me very sad, because I would like to love this woman but cannot because she hates me and all my friends.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 12:43pm
  8. About time, military leads this country with honor and demands respect….why not teach it to the rest of the country.

    Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 4:32am
  9. But what kind of justice is there for all the People Discharged under “Don”t Ask Don”t Tell” shouldn”t they be reinstated???

    Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 4:52pm