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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell No Longer in Effect – For Now

Following a California federal court decision on October 12, the Defense Department has announced that openly gay men and women may now apply to join the military. 

In her ruling, California judge, Virginia Phillips ordered the Department of Defense (DOD) to “immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation or other proceeding that may have commenced under the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Act or its implementing regulations,” citing the Act as unconstitutional.

Although the government has asked for a stay against the decision while military officials review how best to address the issue, Judge Phillips has said she is leaning against granting the stay. The working group, set up by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, is examining the “the far-ranging impacts of what changing the law would mean,” according to a DOD spokeswoman. 

Depending on the results of the study, a reversal of the decision is still possible. Defense Department officials reminded recruiters to “set the applicants’ expectations by informing them that a reversal in the court’s decision of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law/policy may occur.” 

About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (blogcritics.org). Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel, called "Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton," The Apothecary's Curse The Apothecary's Curse is now out from Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books.Her book on the TV series House, M.D., Chasing Zebras is a quintessential guide to the themes, characters and episodes of the hit show. Barnett is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA's HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as "The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture," "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes," "The Hidden History of Science Fiction," and "Our Passion for Disaster (Movies)."

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